Oman our focus after loss: Neill
By staff - Sun Jun 03, 7:44 pm
SOCCEROO skipper Lucas Neill declared there was ”no need to panic” after the team’s 2-0 loss to Denmark on Saturday night.
The defender believes the national team was on course to see off Oman on Friday night in the opening game of the final phase of World Cup qualifying.
The game against the Danes, he stressed, was all about preparation.
”Forget the scoreline, it was a good hitout for us,” he said. ”What you don’t see is that we have had a really physical week looking a bit further on. The first couple of minutes we were a bit shaky trying to find the right formation, right tactics. Once we did that we were happy for them to have possession in front of us. We probably created the best chances in the first half on the break with some good passing.
”Towards the end some changes disrupted us and a sloppy goal from the set piece. Two avoidable goals, we created lots of chances. No injuries, match fitness. We are not going to panic.”
Australia has plenty of experience against Oman, having played the team twice in the past year. But familiarity will not, insists Neill, breed contempt.
”We know exactly how we lost the game the last time we were in Oman. We know how we can win the game this time. We have been working on it this week and we tried to put some of that into practice today,” he said.
”We know the travel, we know the hotel, we know the training ground. There are no surprises for us and therefore there are no excuses.”