Maty Ryan says it's the players, not Ange Postecoglou, who are to blame for the Socceroos missing out on direct qualification to the World Cup.
Postecoglou has been under fire for his tactics, selections and formation changes since Australia missed out on direct progression to Russia on goal difference.
But goalkeeper Ryan believes it's the Socceroos who are to blame, not their coach.
"I’ve heard how much Ange has been copping it from various pundits," he wrote in a column for the website Playersvoice.com.au.
"It wasn’t so long ago that they were all praising the Socceroos for our 1-1 result against one of the best teams in the world, Chile, at the Confederations Cup. Now it’s all turned. I guess that’s just sport these days.
"Ange has done a good job of preparing us but, at the end of the day, he’s not the one out there making tackles and solving problems. That’s on the playing group. No excuses. We haven’t got the job done.
"The boss said to us from the beginning: as long as we’re sticking to our philosophies and what he believes is going to work for us, he’s always going to back us. We haven’t stayed true to our principles in crucial times in crucial games and it’s hurt us.
"Those of us who have been lucky enough to play at a World Cup know just how magical an event it really is. Qualifying is never easy – and our road obviously just got a bit harder – but we still have a massive opportunity over these next four games."
The Socceroos face Syria next month over two legs, and if successful, they'll face a playoff against the fourth placed CONCACAF nation. Australia first meet Syria in Malacca on October 5 before the return leg in Sydney five days later.
Australia will be favourites to get past the Middle Eastern nation, who are ranked 75th in the world, and Ryan said the team is determined to qualify for the World Cup.
"I wouldn’t be being honest with you if I said my mind didn’t momentarily consider the prospect of not qualifying for the World Cup," the Brighton & Hove Albion shot-stopper said.
"But that thought was quickly replaced with determination. We are four games away from the World Cup. I believe this group can do it. Never, ever write off the Socceroos."