Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak says Saturday morning’s scoreless draw must be taken “as a positive” despite the visitors controlling the game for large parts.
The game’s best chances fell to Tomi Juric, but the Swiss-based striker was unable to convert his opportunities either side of half-time.
Despite the misses, Jedinak was more focused on the performance as a whole.
“[We] must take it as a positive. On any other given day I think we win the game,” he told Fox Sports following the match.
“We had a few chances, a couple of bounces, arriving a bit late or the ball wasn’t quite there. But we take a lot of heart from it, it was always going to be a difficult game in difficult conditions.
“We recover and we go again on Wednesday and that’s where it will be won for us.”
The match marked the first time Jedinak in the green and gold since June’s qualifier against Saudi Arabia and he couldn’t hide how proud he was to be back in the jersey.
“I can’t express how proud I am tonight and what a relief it was to get back in time for this game,” he said.
“It means the world to me and like I said the job is not done yet and get the boys ready for what is a tough trip to get back home.
“But I have no doubt with all the stuff put in place we’ll be right to go on Wednesday.”
When asked about how his body felt, Jedinak added: “It was okay, the legs were heavy like everyone else’s but you know they’re okay.”
“I’ll assess everything as we go but I’m feeling okay.”