Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan has pored over the errors in Australia’s loss to Germany, vowing to make amends during the rest of the Confederations Cup.
The gloveman didn’t spare himself or his teammates criticism after the 3-2 loss that leaves Australia’s hopes of progressing beyond their group in Russia hanging by a thread.
“Conceding three goals is never good,” Ryan said.
“[For the first goal we needed] someone on the edge of the box there for the cut-back. We didn’t have that.”
The second goal came from a penalty after Massimo Luongo’s clumsy sliding tackle.
Ryan didn’t mention the young midfielder by name but suggested it was a poor call to slide in.
“Going to ground in the box is always dangerous against this sort of opposition. We get taught you only go to ground if 100 percent you can win the ball. It wasn’t the case,” he said.
“And the third goal … perhaps I could have maybe come out a little bit.
“I don’t think I could have got to the ball before the striker, but perhaps [I could have] rushed his decision a little bit instead of maybe giving him an extra half a second to pick his spot and put it in.”
Australia’s leaky defence and an off-the-pace first half were the chief negatives from their meeting with the world champions.
Ryan denied the sluggish start was a case of being too respectful to the world champions.
“I don’t think that was part of it … maybe [we were] a bit nervous or anxious. Forcing things, pushing passes instead of being a bit more calm and composed on the ball,” he said.
“Communication-wise we were maybe a little bit quiet. We weren’t getting organised in defence, changing marking and this sort of things.
“We didn’t get that sorted until well into the game. That’s not good enough at this level.”
Ryan’s disappointment at the defeat probably drew his attention to the negatives from the match, but he acknowledges the vastly improved second half.
“We showed plenty of courage to get back into the game,” he said.
“If we can start the game a bit better, a bit more relaxed, like we did in the second half, we can find more of that play in us for perhaps longer periods of the game.
“We can give a better account of ourselves and give ourselves a better chance of winning games.”