Asian Cup revenge at forefront of Australia’s mind – Holman

Australian midfielder Brett Holman say next year’s Asian Cup is a clear goal for the national team.
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Australian midfielder Brett Holman say next year’s Asian Cup is a clear goal for the national team.

The Socceroos, now ranked 21st in the world, were dismal at the 2007 Asian Cup where they did not achieve what they set out to, but in Qatar in January, it will be a different story according to the AZ Alkmaar star.

“We were disappointing at the last Asian Cup where going out in quarter finals against Japan on penalties was a case of underperforming,” the 26-year old told the World Game.

“We want to show that we are better than that. And we’re determined to have a good crack at it.

“In 2007 we didn’t achieve what we wanted to. We want and need to do better than that and I’m sure we will.

"We’re going to be the team everybody wants to beat at the Asian Cup and it will be unusual for us not to be the underdogs for a change.

“But we’ll deal with that. There is no one outstanding rival that I can see. It’s more case of coming up against good sides like the Koreas and the Japans.”

The 2011 Asian Cup kicks off on January 7 in Qatar with Australia in Group C alongside Korea Republic, India and Bahrain.

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