Burns: We're happy to stay in Brisbane

Nathan Burns says the Socceroos are happy to be staying in Brisbane for the next five days as they prepare to play China in the Asian Cup quarter-finals.

The one-goal defeat to South Korea means Australia meets China at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday, after finishing second in their group, instead of either Saudi Arabia or Uzbekistan in Melbourne.

Burns said the Socceroos are pleased to continue on in the Queensland capital and were fine in the humid conditions.

“We showed we were strong coming home and there’s no doubt that we’re a fit team,” he said.

“So we’re not worried about that side of things. We’re quite happy that we’ve got it in Brisbane again, we can dominate teams. The crowd was great. Overall, we don’t have a problem playing here.

“It was hot for both teams but we got through it. I think physically everyone pulled up pretty well. Towards the end of the game it opened up as we went for the win.”

Burns described China, ranked 96th in the word, as a great side. The Chinese have so far beaten Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Uzbekistan 2-1 in the tournament.

“They’re a great team and we want to play the big teams now because to win this tournament, they’re not going to be easy teams,” the Wellington Phoenix forward said.

“Even if we finished second or first it was still going to be a hard game. They’re going to be hard games from here on in and we’re going to prepare for that.”

Burns started in the Socceroo forward line along with Tomi Juric, after coming off the bench earlier in the Asian Cup.

The 26-year old forced his way into the Australia squad on the back of his hot goal-scoring form in the A-League this season and had several good chances against the South Koreans.

Burns said his performance last night was “alright”.

“It’s my first start for the Aussie team so I’m pretty pleased,” he said.

“But in the end we didn’t get the result that we wanted, so that’s all out the door. It was frustrating because we had a lot of chances and we played some good football. It didn’t go in the back of the net.

“I’m sure if we got that first one as in other games it can lead to many more. But the game went on and we didn’t have that first goal. It was a bit unfortunate for us but there was a lot of positives.

“We showed out there we can stick it with the best. South Korea are probably one of the favourites and on any given day it could have been a different score.”