Ryan gives brutal review of Asian Cup loss

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In a scathing assessment, Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan says Jordan simply wanted the win more than Australia in their Asian Cup opener on Sunday.

The Jordanians claimed a shock victory in Al Ain, a first-half header condemning Graham Arnold's men to a 1-0 defeat.

Ryan says Australia simply failed to turn up for the match, especially in a sluggish first half display where the Socceroos dominated possession with little result.

"Maybe we thought it was just going to happen for us instead of having to go out there and actually do the things that we had set out to do," Ryan said.

"Perhaps we had a little bit of a mindset where it was just going to unfold for us, for whatever reason that was.

"We got that big wake-up call in that respect and obviously now we know.

"When we don't come out and want it more than the opposition, a day like that can happen and I think that's the biggest learning curve we had from that."

Australia have since moved on to Dubai where they'll face a similarly defensive opponent intent on claiming a big scalp in Palestine.

Ryan has promised he and his teammates won't be caught cold again.

"It's a pretty well-known fact that everyone comes a little bit more prepared and up for that game," Ryan said about playing as the reigning Asian Cup champions.

"We're going to show in this next game that we've come out and learned from that.

"It's hard to think why we weren't that (way) from the beginning.

"It's hard to put your finger on it exactly, but I know we're going to be better for the performance the other day."

The Socceroos are still awaiting a specialist's assessment of a broken bone in the left hand of attacking midfielder Tom Rogic.

The 26-year-old only did light training on Tuesday but Socceroos staff say he's still in contention to face Palestine.

The news is looking less positive for striker Andrew Nabbout and fullback Josh Risdon.

Nabbout trained alongside hamstrung forward Mathew Leckie in Tuesday's session, away from the main group, while Risdon didn't train at all.

Both are battling to overcome groin injuries, and appear extremely doubtful for the Palestine clash.

Despite only having 16 fully fit outfield players in the squad, Ryan is confident the Socceroos can produce a much improved display on Friday.

"It's all about dealing with the circumstances you've been dealt and going out there and doing your best," Ryan said.

"Regardless of the personnel we believe we have the principles and the philosophy as a team, everything that's required as a team to be a successful team.

"We're all just focused on this next job, wanting to go out there and right the wrongs and make Australia proud in this next performance."

Source AAP