Watts adamant the Joeys should have beaten Hungary

Caleb Watts is adamant Australia should have came away with the three points in Wednesday morning's 2-2 draw with Hungary after a rousing fightback.

The Joeys trailed the Central Europeans 2-0 after 20 minutes of their second FIFA U-17 World Cup fixture but came storming back to dominate the clash at Estádio Olímpico, Goiânia.

After Trevor Morgan's side hit the woodwork twice and were denied a goal by the offside flag in the first half, Hoffenheim striker Noah Botic made it 2-1 with a superbly-taken penalty in the 69th minute. 

Five minutes later, Caleb Watts slid the ball past Hungary goalkeeper Krisztián Hegyi at the near post for the thoroughly deserved equaliser. 

The onslaught did not stop there: Watts should've grabbed his second but misjudged his finish at the back post, while Birkan Kirdar saw a long-range effort and a free-kick desperately parried away by Hegyi.

"We pushed hard to the last minute and had a couple of chances. Everyone's just disappointed. We should've come away with a win today," Watts, who plays for the youth team of Premier League outfit Southampton, told www.socceroos.com.au.

"We were slow to start again, which we can't afford to do. We fought back just like we did against Ecuador...we were unlucky not to get the win again."

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The result places Australia third in Group B ahead of Saturday morning's fixture with group leaders and five-time winners Nigeria. 

The Joeys would need to beat the Africans in order to secure qualification to the knockout stage. 

However, Australia could still qualify for the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.

Brisbane Roar defender Jordan Courtney-Perkins is under no illusions just how important Wednesday's fightback point could prove to be.

"If we hadn't got that draw then it's almost book our flights home," he said. "The luck's eventually going to turn for us.

"We conceded a couple of goals that we're a bit disappointed with. But we really responded to them well and we went straight back at them playing some top football."

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Australia play Nigeria next on Saturday morning (7.00am AEDT kick off)