Jedinak: We won't change for Saudis

Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak says the Socceroos won’t be changing their playing style to earn a result against Saudi Arabia.

Australia faces the Asian side in London on Tuesday morning (AEST), with the Saudis ranked below the green and gold.

But Jedinak told the media the team won’t be altering its positive, attacking mentality to secure a much-needed win.

“I don’t think so,” Jedinak said.

“With what we’ve been doing in the past six to eight months every game, every opponent has been treated in the same manner.

“We work on a daily basis trying to implement a philosophy and a style of play and that is against any opponent. I don’t think tomorrow night’s game is going to be any different.”

Saudi Arabia are ranked 83rd in the world and their last win came against Indonesia in March.

Jedinak said the Socceroos won’t be underestimating their Middle Eastern opponents.

“I don’t think we do that, I don’t think we’ve done that for a very long time now,” the Crystal Palace midfielder said.

“You need to respect everybody that you come up against and we’re analyzing Saudi Arabia like we have done in previous games.

“We’re doing our upmost to be prepared in every which way – both on the pitch and away from the pitch.

“I think they have that element of unpredictability about them, which makes them quite a tricky proposition.

“We’re going to have to be fully focused, that goes without saying. We’re going to try and impose ourselves on that game as soon as we can.”

The Socceroos have yet to record a victory in their past seven attempts, their last win coming against Costa Rica in November. In that period Australia has scored eight goals and conceded 17.

Asked if the national team was under additional pressure at the moment to notch a win, Jedinak said the Socceroos were always under pressure.

“Every time we step out on the pitch there’s pressure to do well and perform at a level where you’re able to get results,” the skipper added.

“We’ve tested ourselves against - I think there’s been nine (teams) in the top 20 in our last 11 games. They’re the sort of challenges that you want to test yourself in.

“It’s going to be no different tomorrow. We’re going to test ourselves, it’s going to be a test for us and it’s how we respond.

“Of course we’re going to go out there and get a result, there’s no two ways about it. It’s what you want to do when you play at this level, when you represent your country.

“Is there any more pressure at any other times? Not particularly but we obviously want to get a positive outcome tomorrow.”