Davidson: Ange's belief in us paid off

Socceroo left back Jason Davidson has described Australia’s extra-time Asian Cup final triumph as a special achievement.

The Socceroos defeated South Korea 2-1 at a packed Stadium Australiain Sydney after leading early in the match.

Massimo Luongo had put the hosts ahead in the first-half but a Son Heungmin strike in the 91st minute sent the game into extra-time.

However, James Troisi struck late into the match and that was enough for the Socceroos to claim their first Asian Cup trophy.

“It’s unbelievable,” Davidson told FourFourTwo.

“I think we’ve been one of the better teams of the tournament, over the whole tournament, and I’m just glad the hard and belief that Ange has had in us had paid off. I’m very grateful and it’s fantastic to see so many supporters out there supporting the Socceroos.”

Davidson played the full 120 minutes against South Korea and appeared in four of Australia’s six Asian Cup matches.

Aziz Behich got the nod over Davidson for the Oman and South Korea group games but the 23-year old held his spot against China, UAE and the Taeguk Warriors.

“Ange has a reason for picking every individual for each game,” he said.

“All I can do is do my talking on the pitch and every time I represent my country is an opportunity to grab. I’m just thankful for Ange for always having belief in myself. To win the trophy tonight is very special.”

Davidson has 17 caps for Australia and scored his first goal for the Socceroos against the UAE in the semi-final. The West Brom defender is the son of Socceroo legend Alan Davidson, who played 79 times for the green and gold.