05/03/2024

Socceroo Trent Sainsbury earned his 50th cap in the 1-0 win over Jordan. (Picture: @Socceroos/Twitter)

The Socceroos wrapped up their undefeated streak with a 1-0 win over Jordan. For Trent Sainsbury, the milestone night was extra special.

The Socceroos defeated a spirited Jordan side to top their World Cup Qualifying campaign on top of the group.

In stifling conditions, Harry Souttar rose to head home the winner with 15 minutes left.

Trent Sainsbury spoke to the media post-game and gave his thoughts on going undefeated, while taking stock of his impressive personal achievement.

“It’s an unbelievable achievement, it’s such a strong group we got here, the belief is unbelievable,” he said.

“I don’t think people understand just how difficult it is to come away to places like this and to play on pitches that are sub-par, [to put it nicely].

“To pull off a 1-0 win, okay, it was from a set-piece but at the same time, conditions are ridiculous, and it just shows how tough and strong this team is mentally.”

It took a header in the 75th minute for the Socceroos to go ahead in the match. However, Sainsbury believes his side was full value for their victory.

“Yeah we did have quite a few chances, some half chances as well and we stopped them from basically getting anything,” Sainsbury said.

On a pitch like this, it can bring your standard down but at the same time we stuck to our principles. A 1-0 result, we will take it, but we thoroughly deserved it.”

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Aside from the Socceroos continuing their undefeated streak in qualifying, the match also saw a personal milestone for Sainsbury.

The former Central Coast and now K.V. Kortrijk defender won his 50th cap for the national team, and reflected on what has been a tough journey to the milestone.

“I didn’t realise it until a couple of people were talking about it pre-camp, its always in the back of your mind I guess, it’s a big milestone,” Sainsbury said.

“I’m just happy for the boys and happy to be part of the camp still.

“I always go back to my first cap against Belgium. I think how lucky I was to get one, and to get 50 is a pretty big thing. But at the same time, I just love being a part of this team, this family with the boys.

“I think all the shouts go to the 2014 World Cup. I busted my knee open, I broke my kneecap, and I thought my career was finished. So to get to 50 means a lot.

“Like I said I’m just grateful to be amongst it with the boys. Eight wins from eight, can’t think of anything better and we will go on to achieve bigger and better things.”

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