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After Tuesday's loss to Qatar in a friendly match, Australia's national team coach Ange Postecoglou is facing a barrage of criticism from fans at home and the media. The defeat was Australia's first to Qatar in five outings.

The performances leave coach Ange Postecoglou with plenty to worry ahead of next month's friendly at home match against Japan, Australia's final warm-up for January's tournament.

"I keep saying I'm making these decisions and I'm making them for a reason and that's probably costing us in terms of performance and in terms of fluency," Postecoglou said.

"But it is what it is and I take responsibility because I'm making these decisions."

The headline in Australia's largest daily, Herald Sun, on Wednesday on the match was o[umlaut]Socceroos lack of goals has coach Ange Postecoglou concerned ahead of Asian Cup'.

The daily said,"The goals dried up for the Socceroos in the Middle East - now Ange Postecoglou is in a race against time to find a remedy to his scoring woes before January's Asian Cup."

Since taking charge, the Socceroos have lost seven of Postecoglou's 11 games in charge, winning just two.

The Herald Sun went further to say,"Postecoglou has used 40 players since being appointed 12 months ago and conceded that such experimentation had caused inconsistency."

Despite the team's poor form ahead of the Asian Cup, Postecoglou insisted the team's confidence for the Asian Cup remains high. Mark Bresciano who plays for Al Gharafa in the Qatar Stars League took divergent view on the continent's biggest tournament.

"Personally I think we need a big improvement ahead of the Asian Cup. We have a long way to go. There's something wrong and we have got to fix it," Bresciano said.

According to Herald Sun, former Socceroos forward player John Aloisi said it wasn't time to hit the panic button just yet, despite there being just one more friendly - against Japan in Osaka next month - before the Asian Cup.

"I know it's not great to lose to Qatar, but I watched the game and we had the better chances," he said.

Reacting to the match, the Australian said the Socceroos have been humbled by 96th-ranked Qatar in a significant setback to their Asian Cup preparations.

The Melbourne Age's headline, o[umlaut]Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou's building blocks are crumbling.'

The paper said the Socceroos' latest setback - a 1-0 loss to Asian rivals Qatar in Doha in the early hours of Wednesday morning - was another poor result in a succession of disappointing displays and results since Australia exited the World Cup with a 3-0 loss to Spain last June.

The Age said,"Postecoglou needs to find the right blend, and quickly, or the questions will continue and the criticism will get louder."

Some of the players gave a different assessment of the match and expressed confidence ahead of the Asian Cup, while praising their conquerors.

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Date:Oct 16, 2014
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