Ange Postecoglou on Bangkok draw: ‘We fell into Thailand’s trap’

Socceroos attacker Mat Leckie looks on during Australia's 2-2 draw with Thailand.

 

Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou paid tribute to Thailand after the exciting 2-2 draw played out at the Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Mile Jedinak penalties accounted for the first and last of the four goals in this 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.

In between Teerasil Dangda equalised for the hosts in the first half and then put the War Elephants ahead early in the second.

 

The Thailand performance belied the fact that the team had lost all four games in Group B so far.

“We are not satisfied but it was a tough game.” said Postecoglou. “Credit to the Thai team. they played really well tonight.” It was an emotional night in Bangkok following the death of the much-loved and long-serving King Bhumibol Adulyadei on October 13.  “It was a big occasion for them and they rose to the occasion” said Postecoglou who, like his players, were wearing black armbands in a gesture of respect.  “We had to work very hard to get a point from the game. I am disappointed we couldn’t win.”

From the beginning of the game, the Thais worked hard and pushed the Caltex Socceroos all the way.

“I am not surprised as we know they are a very good side and in the special circumstances, they would play with a lot of passion and they did just that.

“We knew they could be dangerous. We fell into the trap of playing their game and we had to work hard just to get the draw,” said the Australia boss.

Postecoglou refused to be drawn by the local media as to which Thailand player was particularly impressive.

“The whole team performed very well and fought hard until the last minute. You could tell they were ready for the match and the supporters were fantastic tonight and they really lifted the team.

 

“We didn’t control the game as we should have and that was our downfall. We were a bit careless in possession and played a game that suited the Thai team and not us.”

Australia is next on the road to Russia in March against Iraq followed by a home game in Sydney against UAE.

 

Football Federation Australia

 

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