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Graham Arnold believes that Australia's 3-0 victory over Palestine is evidence that the defending Asian Cup champions have learned from their defeat to Jordan.
Australia slumped to a shock 1-0 loss in their opening Group B match, but breathed life back into their campaign with a comfortable victory in Dubai on Friday.
Jamie Maclaren's first international goal got things started, with Awer Mabil adding a second before Apostolos Giannou rounded off the win late on.
And Arnold, who has previously refuted suggestions that he had been arrogant heading into Australia's opening game, insisted that his side's hard work behind the scenes paid off.
"Palestine pretty much tried to play the same game plan as Jordan did," Arnold told reporters.
"We obviously haven't been that long together – the players didn't have a long camp like some of the other countries, so it's taken a bit of time to get things going.
"But as I said after the Jordan game, when you lose you learn. And we learned a lot from that day.
"We went onto the training pitch, we worked hard to fix that issue if the teams play quite defensive."
Here's how Group B stands with one game left to play. #GoSocceroos #AsianCup2019 pic.twitter.com/QmfEK2Vczn
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Australia's fate now sits in their own hands, with a draw against Syria in their final Group B outing enough to secure passage through to the knockout stages, but Arnold is confident that his side will go from strength to strength having got their first points on the board.
“Now it's all about the Syria game. We'll get back on the training field, and recover well," Arnold added.
"We'll go into the Syria game with all guns blazing and expecting to win.
"We'll get better and better as we go. There's been a lot of changes in the team, a lot of changes in the staff, so we're a new team, and will still grow."
There was a contented return to normality for Socceroos fans, as they settled back into the pleasant habit of watching Australia dispatch smaller nations.
January 12, 2019. Socceroos forward Awar Mabil speaks to reporters in Dubai following his side’s 3-0 Asian Cup defeat of Palestine at the Rashid Stadium. A first half goal from Mawal - along with a strike from Jamie Maclaren - put the Socceroos up 2-0 at half time. Mawal says the Socceroos' performance was a "great reaction" after a previous loss to Jordan. Mawal says the Socceroos were "spot on" in the first 20 minutes of the match. Mawal says the Socceroos will be looking forward to taking on Jordan again "to show them how it's done". (AAP Video/Supplied/Football Federation Australia) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
January 12, 2019. Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren speaks to reporters in Dubai following his side’s 3-0 Asian Cup defeat of Palestine at the Rashid Stadium. A first half goal from Maclaren - his first for Australia - along with a strike from Awer Mabil, put the Socceroos ahead 2-0 at half time. “It’s hard to put into words, been a long time coming,” Maclaren said of his maiden strike for the Socceroos. “I think the boys know it’s been on my case for a few years now.” (AAP Video/Supplied/Football Federation Australia)(AAP Video/Supplied/XXXX) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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ANALYSIS: Same as Australia's opening defeat to Jordan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was not seen as the end of the world, a comfortable victory over Palestine does not mean that the team's maladies are cured.
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