Socceroos match-winner Massimo Luongo argued he can get even better as the Asian Cup continues, after playing a role in two goals in Australia's 4-1 win over Kuwait.
Luongo set up Australia's equaliser - scored by Tim Cahill - in Melbourne on Friday night, while the Swindon Town midfielder put his team ahead just before half-time with a header.
Like Ange Postecoglou's side, Luongo seemed to grow into the match, building an impressive partnership on the right side with full-back Ivan Franjic and the 22-year-old insisted he can only improve the more he plays for Australia.
The game against Kuwait was only Luongo's fourth start for the Socceroos.
"Going forward, you know, I'm more comfortable with the team and they probably know more how I play, I know how they play and that'll be important for the next games," he said after the victory.
Australia started solidly enough at AAMI Park but failed to create anything particularly dangerous to Kuwait's back four, while the Middle Eastern team stunned the Socceroos in the eighth minute with a goal from a corner.
But as the first half wore on, Luongo and his attacking midfield partner James Troisi began to look more comfortable, as Australia started to pull Kuwait apart.
Luongo admitted he felt a bit lost early in the match but revealed Postecoglou had backed him to stay positive and attack at every opportunity.
"[Early on] I didn't know where positionally would be best for me but the boss said that we're going to be positive and if in doubt go forward, be positive, and that's the best thing he could have done," the midfielder said.
"It didn't work out for the first five minutes but I kept going."
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