Postecoglou predicts 'tough test' in Jordan

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is expecting a tough game when the Socceroos take on Jordan in a World Cup qualifying on October 8 away in Amman.

After the opening three World Cup qualifying games the Socceroos have a perfect record after beating Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh and Tajikistan.

Postecoglou is not taking the next fixture for granted after Australia lost the previous game the last time the Socceroos played Jordan away.

“I think every away game poses their challenges,” Postecoglou said. “Jordan away from home is always a tough fixture and we lost last time we played there.

“They had a strong World Cup qualifying campaign last time so they will be looking to qualify from this group.  So it becomes an important game for us. After the first three games we are progressing nicely and this will be another test.”

Out of the first two World Cup qualifying away games Postecoglou said the 2-1 result in Tashkent against the Snow Leopards was the toughest.

“I think we were in control against Tajikistan I don’t think they caused us any problems,” he said.

“Kyrgyzstan was a difficult game. The game took a toll on a lot of our players and not in the greatest of conditions.

“They were a good opponent they drew against Jordan in the last fixture. I thought Tajikistan we handled pretty comfortably and we should have won by a couple of more goals.”

The Socceroos boss says that he is happy with the depth in Australian side at the moment as emphasised by the second half changes he made in the game against Tajikistan.

“We just picked the team that we think going to win us the game. Obviously the Tajikistan game was on the back of the Bangladesh game as we had two games in the space of four days and had travel,” he said.

“We were always going to make some changes to make sure we can have the strongest possible team. Every time we play I pick the strongest team to win that game and that’s what I’ll do for the Jordan game.

“I guess from our perspective the pleasing thing is that guys like Tommy Rogic, Tommy Oar and (Nathan) Burnsy came on and made a difference in that game against Tajikistan and that’s what we want them to do whether they contribute from the start of the game or coming off the bench.”

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.