Trailing 4-1 at half-time in the World Cup qualifier, Singapore's eventual capitulation to the 2007 AFC Asian Cup champions came after Hariss Harun, Safuwan Baharudin, Shakir Hamzah and winger Yasir Hanapi were all ruled out because of National Service commitments. Izwan Mahbud and Juma'at Jantan also missed the trip to the Middle East because of injury.
The shock result against Iraq brought the curtain down on a qualifying campaign that saw Singapore lose all six of their third round games, something which has prompted the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and its president Zainudin Nordin to announce a review the Lions' attempts to reach the 2014 global gathering in Brazil.
Despite sections of the Singapore media declaring that the Serb's future is now distinctly uncertain - especially with the AFF Suzuki Cup to come later this year - Avramovic, declining to talk about his future, was adamant that any team that had been deprived of several key players would have struggled against Iraq.
"I think it is very simple. You do not go with your reserve players to play international games," he told reporters alluding to Singapore's age old issue of National Service duties conflicting with national team games.
"I would like to see this Iraqi team play an international game without six players. You do not look to play without (key) players and without real preparation against Iraq who are one of the top teams in Asia," he added.
On Thursday, the FAS, via an official statement, had said: "While the national team met our target of reaching the third round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone Qualifiers for the second consecutive time, we agree that the players and coaches involved in the six World Cup Asian Zone qualifying matches could have performed better. Like our fans, we are disappointed with the results and we agree that there is much room for improvement in the team's performances."
When asked about the FAS' World Cup review and their insistence that Avramovic submit a detailed report on the entire qualifying campaign, the former Notts County goalkeeper, who has taken Singapore to two regional titles, was unmoved, insisting that the development was, for him at least, far from a surprising one.
"That is not unusual. That is something that always happens," Avramovic, whose position came under scrutiny early last year following Singapore's poor showing in Vietnam at the 2010 Suzuki Cup, explained.
"What the FAS have said is absolutely the proper procedure."
Singapore's quest for World Cup glory started on a bright note. A creditable 2-1 away defeat to China - a game they arguably could have won - was, however, followed by five further defeats. A desperate run that concluded with the loss to Iraq.
It has yet to be revealed when the FAS will reveal their findings.