Ange Postecoglou : ‘Socceroos responded after poor first half’

Socceroos players celebrate Mile Jedinak's equaliser against Japan.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd

Frustrated Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou lamented a “poor” first half by his team in the 1-1 draw with Japan in Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier.

After being hit by an early goal in the first half due to a sloppy turnover, the Socceroos responded in the second stanza in Melbourne.

 

An early penalty converted by Mile Jedinak levelled the match and despite a stronger finish, the Green and Gold couldn’t find a winner against a Japan side that blunted Australia.

“We needed a response because we were that poor in the first half,” Postecoglou told Fox Sports after the draw at Docklands.

“A really disappointing first half.

“Very naïve, we conceded an early goal through something we’ve spoken about endlessly and even after that [after the Japan goal] it wasn’t the reaction I was expecting.”

Postecoglou added his disappointment was largely due to knowing Australia can play so much better.

“We kind of wasted 45 minutes of football where we really should be playing the game our way and testing the opposition.

“I’m sure there are positives but that first goal in international football is crucial and that allowed them to sit back and make things hard for us, and especially in the first half we got frustrated and were really static,” he said, clearly frustrated.

“And regardless of that, it was up to us to break them down. And they did it very well and that was something new for us and something we need to learn from.”

The Caltex Socceroos head to Bangkok next month to face Thailand. Australia now has eight points in Group B from four games.

Football Federation Australia

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