Socceroos fans were ruthless in their assessment of Australia's 1-0 loss to Jordan in the 2019 Asian Cup opener, with the majority of the vitriol directed at Graham Arnold.
The Socceroos faced their first true test under Arnie after going a goal down to Anas Bani Yaseen's powerful header at the near post, but couldn't create many chances as they scuppered to an opening match loss.
It was a case of returning nightmares for Arnold, whose Socceroos side scraped a 1-1 with Oman in the opening match of the 2007 Asian Cup, before losing 3-1 to Iraq in their next match.
They eventually lost to Japan in a penalty shootout in the tournament's quarterfinal.
But despite the Socceroos scoring a whopping 13 goals in four matches under Arnold preceeding the Asian Cup, fans were sceptical of the 55-year-old's ability to lead Australia forward.
Robbie Slater and his mates in the media doing a hatchet job on Ange got us here. Arnie is a disaster, he was the first time, he was obviously going to be the next. Sack him ASAP. #ArnieOut #AUSvJOR #socceroos— Ben (@scouse_roar) January 6, 2019
So much wrong with that #Socceroos display. Forget time-wasting, penalty calls or offside flags, that simply wasn’t good enough. Lacking quality & composure, passion & desire. Disrespectful pre-tournament arrogance exposed again. Huge amount of work to do. #AUSvJOR #AsianCup2019— Rob Greenwood (@robgreenwood1) January 6, 2019
In addition to jabs at Arnie, there were plaudits given to the Jordanians, who offered more than just a counter-attacking display.
Vital Borkelman's side looked dangerous throughout, defended resolutely with strong organisation, and offered plenty of attractive attacking threat, largely through impressive individual skill.
27% possession Jordan.— Adam Peacock (@adampeacock3) January 6, 2019
If you ever need an example in the future of possession v effective possession and what is better, get a copy of that first half.
Jordan implemented their game plan perfectly, we didn't even have one #AUSvJOR— Rob (@RobskiNew) January 6, 2019