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Jun 10, 2013

Neill wary of Jordan in WCQ

Australia captain Lucas Neill insists his side cannot take Jordan lightly in their World Cup qualifier in Melbourne on Tuesday evening.

The Socceroos sit in third position in Group B in the fourth round of AFC qualifying, behind Japan - who sealed their place in Brazil last week in a 1-1 draw with Australia - and Oman.

However, Holger Osieck's men require maximum points in Melbourne this week in order to lift themselves above fourth-placed Jordan, who also sit on seven competition points.

Only two countries will book automatic qualification from the group, and Neill says Australia must be at their best in order to boost their chances.

"Jordan are no mugs, they are a good team," Neill said. "They're a team that deserve [the media's] respect. They have our respect and we know it's a game that if we don't play to our best... there's a chance we wont win the game.

"We've analysed them well, we've had a few meetings about how they play and also how we're going to play and how we're going to play to our maximum. We both need to go for the points, so at some stage... they'll have to show their hand."

Neill also promised the home side will attempt to dictate a quick tempo during the match as they look to build on last week's pleasing draw away to the Samurai Blue.

"I think I have got experience enough in the region to know a quicker game will be the one to upset their rhythm but also get us into a good rhythm," Neill said."They don't want tempo, they don't want quick passing and that is sometimes the only way to break down a team."

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