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FIFA World Cup 2018 press conference: Jedinak – There are good things to come from us

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FIFA World Cup 2018 press conference: Jedinak – There are good things to come from us

Mile Jedinak insists Australia will “show some really good things” as they look for World Cup progress.

The Socceroos lost 2-1 to France in their Group C opener but now aim to bounce back against Denmark on Thursday.

Jedinak called his team-mates together for a group huddle after the weekend defeat and explained his reasoning behind the decision as well as his confidence about the future.

He told Socceroos TV: “It’s just something I thought we needed, everyone needed to hear it while it was so fresh in the mind and seeing the disappointment in everybody, knowing what effort we’d given.

“It was just: ‘be disappointed, that goes without saying and let it hurt, but know we did a lot of good things and right up until we need to leave this competition, we will show some really good things.’

“We weren’t that far off and we need to keep stressing that with the group. Everybody understood that.”

JedinakPostFrance2On the display against France, he added: “We set out to impose ourselves on the game and I thought we did that.

“We created a few opportunities, maybe not too many, but we restricted them to few opportunities. You just felt they were running out of ideas but you always knew they had threats all over the pitch.

“It was about keeping that concentration and discipline – when you’re playing at this level, against an opponent like we did, our shape and our structure will be what wins us games. Breaking from that structure in transition and countering them will be what gets us our opportunities.

“Ultimately it wasn’t meant to be for us, but we have to put it behind us and we’ll analyse accordingly for the Denmark game.”

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 18th June 2018