THE Socceroos camp continues to put a positive spin on the team’s disappointing 2-0 loss to Denmark on Saturday with striker Archie Thompson saying the scoreline wasn’t a proper reflection of the match.
After being put to the sword in Copenhagen, the Aussies must regroup for the final phase of World Cup qualifiers beginning with a gruelling match against Oman on Friday.
Despite coming off the back of a lacklustre team performance, Thompson was upbeat post match.
“I think 2-0 was flattering for them," he said.
“This is more a preparation for us for Oman, so we’ll take all the positives out of this, work on the negatives and see what happens.”
Striker Alex Brosque, who had arguably the better of the chances in front of goal, was circumspect about the team's showing.
“I think at the end of the day, they’re chances at this level that you have to take and I guess the only thing I can take from it, is that I was getting in those positions and that it was just a friendly,” Brosque said.
“On another day it probably could have cost us a bit more. I’m happy that I felt OK out there and linking up with the boys was good and getting in those scoring opportunities.
“I think against Oman and Japan, if you don’t put those away then we could be in trouble.”
The Socceroos will arrive in the sultanate on Monday and will have four days to acclimatise to the sweltering conditions before heading to the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex for their opening Group B encounter.The last time Oman hosted Australia, Al-Ahmar emerged 1-0 victors.
“We all got a little bit out of the game today,” said defender Jade North, who made his 35th appearance for his country against Denmark.
"Obviously we can take a lot of positives out of the game, it wasn’t the result that we wanted, we’ve got to move on now and focus on Oman.”
Midfielder, Mile Jedinak, brushed aside any notion of complacency heading into the crunch match.
“We know what to expect,” Jedinak said.
“We know how they play at home, we’re going to be prepared I think, we know we’re going to have to deal with the conditions and we’ll prepare ourselves the best we can, I’m sure about that.
"Hopefully we can go out there and come home with three points and get off to the all important very good start.”
Meanwhile, Oman begin their battle for a first World Cup appearance with an away game to Japan on Monday.