UNDER PRESSURE: Socceroo Tom Rogic tries to pick a way through Saudi Arabia's defence during their World Cup qualifier in Jeddah.
UNDER PRESSURE: Socceroo Tom Rogic tries to pick a way through Saudi Arabia's defence during their World Cup qualifier in Jeddah. Jordan Pix

Postecoglou left to rue Socceroos' lack of composure

FOOTBALL: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says a lack of composure cost his team all three points in its 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Saudi Arabia in Jeddah.

Australia will head into Tuesday's monster clash with Japan in Melbourne on seven points and sit on top of the group ahead of the Saudis on goal difference.

Postecoglou said there was plenty of positives to come out of the game, especially after his side went behind after only five minutes.

"We worked our way back into the game really well,” he said.

"And we looked in control and once we got the second we should've maintained that.

"We lost our composure a bit a couple of times and they came into it as well with a big crowd behind them.

"It's a good point but you just feel we could've got more out of it.”

Postecoglou said an unscheduled drinks break because of the extreme heat in Jeddah and the big home crowd might have given the home team an extra push but he was not looking for excuses.

"It's weird because I thought we were in control of the game,” he said.

"The drinks break came out of nowhere with 10-15 minutes to go, which is a bit unusual.

"That sucked a bit of momentum out of us.

"The crowd got into it and I think it lifted them and affected us a bit more.

"We tried to rush things and there was no need to, but credit to them they kept going until the end and got their goal.”

Goals from Trent Sainsbury and Tomi Juric gave the Socceroos the lead after Taisir Al-Jassim's early goal but they could not hold on and substitute Nasser Al Shamrani, nicknamed "The Earthquake”, popped up to level the game.

It could have been worse for the visitors with Mat Ryan saving well after a Saudi Arabia breakaway in the final minutes.



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