Socceroo Matt McKay braced for hostile Jordan

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Matt McKay Australia

Casting aside bad memories of their last trip to , midfielder says the are confident of handling the charged atmosphere of their World Cup qualifier group blockbuster in Amman.

Ange Postecoglou’s squad is a perfect three-from-three in qualifying so far and will take another giant stride towards Russia 2018 if they can win in the early hours of Friday morning (AEDT).

“We’re very confident. Coming off the win in January in the Asian Cup, confidence is high and the boys have taken that back to club level,” McKay told FFA TV.

“Hopefully it can continue and build on these performances we’ve got. There’s no point going backwards, we’ve got to get better each time we come into camp.

“They are always short camps and we have to make the most of them and progress as a team and I think we’ve been doing that the last couple of games.”

Jordan has proved a thorn in the side in the past, beating the green and gold 2-1 in qualifying for the last World Cup.

McKay admitted to “not having the greatest memories” of that clash and warned his team-mates to expect an unwelcoming reception from the home fans.

“It’s going to be hostile, they are very much behind their team, very loud, parochial,” McKay said of the home fans.

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