Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou has insisted that the shock 2-1 loss against Greece was not a wake up call.
The home side went into the half-time break down by two goals before unlikely scorer Trent Sainsbury restored some parity with a quarter of an hour to go.
“Its not a wake up call,” Postecoglou said. “I don't need a wake up call, I know where we’re at.”
The head coach put the blame on a sluggish start, as Greece started the game with a higher tempo.
“Look it wasn’t a great night for us, we didn’t really stamp our authority on the game,” he said.
“They got the jump on us and we didn’t really recover from that.
“They worked really hard and didn’t really let us get any rhythm into our game.”
Postecoglou added: “We went away from what we do and tried to match them at what they do, and they’re better at it.”
With a strong defensive style played by the visitors, Postecoglou admitted the Dodoni series was a chance to prepare for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
“Yeah I think so, It’s the reason why I wanted them as an opponent,” he said.
“They set up really well, they’re disciplined, they set out to frustrate you and they achieved that tonight.
Postecoglou was also quick to point out the lack of conditioning for many of his players who had not managed regular football towards the season’s end and stressed the importance of fitness ahead of the upcoming qualifiers.
“I think in some cases it was one game too many for some of them, they just didn’t have the conditioning that we needed of them,” he said.
“September is going to be really important in regards to that, in terms of selecting players who for the most part are playing regularly and are in a good physical condition.”
“We’ve got double game dates coming up and they’re going to be challenging.”
One point of contention from the match was Ioannis Maniatis scoring an audacious lob from inside his own half over the head of Socceroos goalkeeper Adam Federici.
However, Postecoglou absolved the Bournemouth gloveman of any wrongdoing.
“Fedders was doing what he was supposed to be doing, that goal wasn’t his responsibility, that was my responsibility,” he said.
“That’s how we want our goalkeepers to be play and every now and then that will happen to us, I’m prepared to accept that.”
Postecoglou stressed that his keeper playing a high line was all part of the way that he envisaged the Socceroos playing football.
“It’s not a new thing, Matty Ryan’s been doing it since we’ve had him in goal,” he said.
“In the thirty odd games I’ve been in charge, thats the first time that it’s happened… if it takes another thirty I’ll cop that as long as we’re able to play our football.”comments