Date with destiny: Nathan Burns eyes Jordan revenge

Nathan Burns prepares to re-start the contest when the Socceroos lost to Jordan in Amman.

Striker Nathan Burns says the Caltex Socceroos have had 29 March, 2016 marked in their diaries ever since Jordan humbled the Aussies 2-0 in Amman last year.

The Socceroos’ loss – the only points they’ve dropped on their road to Russia 2018 – stunned Ange Postecoglou’s men and has them itching for Tuesday night’s return leg.

With Jordan and Australia both registering comprehensive wins on Thursday night – the Aussies putting seven past Tajikistan, Jordan eight against Bangladesh – top place in the group is at stake.


“I think we’re going to be really hungry for this game. Obviously we want to get revenge for the last game,” Burns told reporters on Friday.

“We were very disappointed we lost that game so we’re going to go there [to Sydney] with an attacking intent.

“We’ve been waiting for this game since we lost there. I think everyone is fired up and it’s going to be a good game.

“They’re obviously going to come here and try to get the points as well because they want to be top of the group so it’ll probably be the game of the round.”

Burns bagged a brace in Thursday night’s comprehensive 7-0 win over Tajikistan taking his career tally in the national colours to three.


While the former Adelaide United flyer was proud to give South Australia’s football fans something to cheer about he acknowledged the Socceroos will have to be more efficient in their conversion rate against Harry Redknapp’s Jordan.

“It’s never enough. I always want to score as many goals as I can but at the same time two goals is still two goals for the national team,” he said.

“Every moment I get to wear the badge is a great achievement and a great honour for me so I ‘m just looking forward to the next game now.

“I had a few chances and I want to score with every chance I get. The important thing was not to go into my shell and just keep backing myself and eventually I know one will go in.”

Burns, who was guilty of giving the ball away in Jordan which helped the world no.82 open the scoring shortly after the interval, assured fans the Aussies would look to maintain a high tempo game at Allianz Stadium.

Having been frustrated by Jordan’s delaying tactics last October, the FC Tokyo striker said the Socceroos will be searching for an early goal to take charge of the clash.

“Towards the end of the game they really slowed the game down and killed it off so we were really frustrated,” said Burns.

“We just have to keep the tempo up, keep the ball movement really fast.

“We can’t really control what they do but we can just play our game and stay focused and if we can get an early goal they’re going to have to come out after us.

“That’s the main focus, to have a good start and put them under pressure from the outset.”


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