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Socceroo inspired for the Victory

ON THE BALL: Australia’s Mark Milligan survives the pressure of Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell in the international friendly in Sydney on Tuesday night.
ON THE BALL: Australia’s Mark Milligan survives the pressure of Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell in the international friendly in Sydney on Tuesday night. DEAN Lewinsaap

MELBOURNE Victory captain Mark Milligan may have been happy to play an important midfield role in Australia's 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday night, but he will bring some frustration into tonight's game against Adelaide at Etihad Stadium.

Milligan missed his side's last hitout - a 1-0 loss to the Wanderers last Saturday night - due to his Socceroos commitments.

It was a game he thought his team could have won after being arguably the better side in attack during the first half.

"I thought the boys were very dominant and you really need to capitalise. It just shows where the A-League is at and how tight it is," he said.

"When you're on the attack you need to score, otherwise you're going to get punished."

After his impressive form against Costa Rica, Milligan is itching to get back to club level as the Victory looks to snap a two-game losing streak.

"It's imperative for us to really get our heads down and make sure we get a good result against a very good opponent," he said.

"They're the sort of games (against the Wanderers) you can't afford to lose when you have that much possession, especially in the first half."

Milligan is tipping another thrilling encounter against the Reds, after his side's comeback with a brace of goals in the second half to draw 2-all against the Adelaide outfit in round two.

After a promising start to the season, the Reds are also desperate for a win. They have dropped to eighth on the ladder with three losses, two draws and just the one win.

Milligan goes into the game confident in his own form after combining well with Mile Jedinak for Australia, the Crystal Palace captain proving a powerhouse in the defensive midfield against the Costa Ricans.

"I think we complemented each other quite well," Milligan said.

"We really got stuck in. When I get a chance I also don't mind tackling, but I like to get on the ball and I thought it worked well."

The 28-year-old, who played under Ange Postecoglou at the Victory, said he thought his former club boss had made a very positive start to his time in charge of the national team.

"He showed he's definitely ready to step up to this kind of job - there are some exciting times ahead," Milligan said.

"We have very limited time (before the World Cup in Brazil), so it's very important that we try and grasp the way that he wants to do things."

Topics:  costa rica, melbourne victory, socceroos



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