The Socceroos dominated the match for large periods, and Tomi Juric had two clear chances either side of half time โ€“ one in the first that will give him nightmares should Honduras escape Sydney with a result.

By comparison Honduras looked flat, which flattened their home support. As difficult as a bobbling pitch and flood of air horns made it for the Aussies, Honduras couldn't put up much of a fight.

Ultimately, itโ€™s a result that many would have taken at the beginning of the match, and it sets the stage for a phenomenal night in Sydney โ€“ the likes of which Australia hasnโ€™t seen for 12 years.

Returning captain corageous Mile Jedinak was key to Australiaโ€™s defensive solidity, and was proud of his side's performance, yet disappointed in the result.

โ€œI must take it as a positive," Jedinak said. "On any other day we would have won the game, and we had a few chances but the ball wasnโ€™t quite there.

โ€œWe take a lot of heart from it because it was always going to be a difficult game. I can't express how proud I am tonight, it means the world to me, but the jobs not done so I'll get these boys ready for a tough trip.

โ€œI have no doubt that weโ€™ll be right to go.โ€

Trent Sainsbury echoed his skipper's sentiment.ย 

โ€œHonduras were there for the taking," he said.

"Iโ€™m disappointed that we didnโ€™t come away with the win. The past few years weโ€™ve played a lot of different combinations at the back, so we know each other very well and everyone knows the system.

โ€œ90 minutes in the legs help, and it was nice having the big man (Jedinak) in front of me again.โ€

By all accounts Ange Postecoglou nailed the tactics and the lineup, and his post-match disposition reflected a far more positive outlook on the Socceroos' future - and perhaps his own - than it has in recent times.

โ€œI thought (the performance) was fantastic," he said. "Considering the Honduran fans - I said to the boys at half time that they could actually hear my instructions, thatโ€™s how dominant we were.

โ€œ(Finishing chances) is the hardest part of our game, but itโ€™s not for the want of trying. Sometimes our composure lets us down, but it takes an enormous amount of courage to come here and create chances and outplay the opposition.

โ€œWeโ€™ll go hard in Sydney and put the pedal down, and try as hard as we can for 90 or 120 minutes - theyโ€™ll have to keep up with us.โ€