Tim Cahill claimed teams throughout Asia fear his goal-scoring prowess after he helped clinch yet another victory for the Caltex Socceroos.
The veteran forward notched his 48th goal for Australia in the 75th minute against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, volleying home Brad Smith's whipped cross at the back post.
It was a classic poacher's finish - the type Socceroos fans have come to expect from the 36-year-old - and Cahill warned the rest of the Asian Football Confederation that he will continue perform whether as a starter or a substitute.
"Like I said time and time again, whether it's five minutes or 90 minutes, people know what I can do," he said.
Cahill added: "That's what I want to do. I want them [opposition teams] to be fearful of me when I come on.
"I want them to give me some space and I've earned that respect over the last 10 years, and I'm not going sit back, I'm really going to push as hard as I can. This result, every time we put on the jersey, means so much."
Cahill paid tribute to Smith's "beautiful cross" that set up his goal in Abu Dhabi, as Australia continued their perfect start to the final group phase of World Cup qualifying with two wins in the space of six days.
The Socceroos took the game to their hosts in sweltering conditions at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, backing up coach Ange Postecoglou's pre-match claim that Australia would maintain their attacking style.
It was an impressive performance and the Socceroos' belief in Postecoglou was underlined by Cahill's post-match comments.
"The boss says 'just trust me'. He knows what's best for us," the Melbourne City striker said.
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