Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou praised his team’s professionalism after they steamrolled Bangladesh 5-0 in their FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™ Qualifier on Thursday night in Perth.
Speaking after the win, Postecoglou noted it can be difficult to play sides that defend and try to interrupt the flow of a team.
“For the most part the boys kept their discipline but sometimes it’s difficult when the opposition is just sitting back and obviously there were a lot of stoppages,” he told Fox Sports.
“But the pleasing thing is they didn’t get too frustrated and we got some good goals and probably should’ve got a couple more, but for all intents and purposes it was a good hitout for us.”
Postecoglou explained he wanted the Socceroos to win playing their way, and not try for cheap goals or use their physical dominance over the lowly Bangladesh side.
“We actually wanted to use our football to overcome them [Bangladesh] and for the most part we stuck to the task.”
And the new combination of Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy worked well with the two a constant threat just in behind the frontline along with Massimo Luongo.
“Considering that’s the first time they’ve [Rogic and Mooy] have played together. And I think the starting XI we had three guys who’d played over 20 games so it was a pretty inexperienced group,” he said.
The Socceroos leave for Tajikistan on Friday and Postecoglou said that after the Kyrgyzstan game in the opening qualifier in Bishkek, there wouldn't be any complacency in the squad when they meet the 158th ranked nation on Tuesday.
He added: "We've got a long flight tomorrow and literally have one training session and after the first game now understand how difficult it is and I think mentally they're prepared for it."
'Amazing reward': Cahill to feature in FIFA World Football Museum
A pair of Tim Cahill’s boots will join items like the FIFA World Cup trophy, match balls from some of football’s biggest occasions and rare match-worn shirts in FIFA’s World Football Museum in Switzerland. The Caltex Socceroos legend revealed on Instagram on Sunday morning (AE
Boyle given 'all clear' following 'nasty collision'
Caltex Socceroos attacker Martin Boyle has been given the “all clear” following a head knock in Hibernian’s Scottish Premiership win at Hamilton Academical on Sunday morning (AEDT). Boyle needed lengthy treatment before half time after clashing with Hamilton’s Gary Woods and s
Aussies Abroad: Rogic helps Celtic to big win, Mooy suffers late loss
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic provided an assist as Celtic thumped Kilmarnock 5-1 to leapfrog their opponents and move to the top of the Scottish Premiership table. But Huddersfield Town suffered a heartbreaking defeat, with Arsenal needing a late moment of magic to do
Aussies Abroad: Sainsbury and Mabil on top with thumping wins
Trent Sainsbury played 90 minutes as PSV Eindhoven thumped Excelsior 6-0 in the Eredivisie on Saturday morning AEDT. A Luuk de Jong double book-ended the rout extending PSV's lead atop the Dutch first division and serving as an important bounce back after they went down to riv