Socceroos confident with a capital C in Cup qualifier

Tim Cahill and Matt McKay chat with former national teammate Brett Emerton during a Socceroos visit to Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photo: Stefan Postles/Getty Images.
Tim Cahill and Matt McKay chat with former national teammate Brett Emerton during a Socceroos visit to Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photo: Stefan Postles/Getty Images.

Brisbane Roar midfielder Matt McKay says the Socceroos don't feel any extra pressure to win against Kyrgyzstan in Canberra on Thursday despite the previous loss to Jordan in the last World Cup qualifier.

Australia went down 2-0 in Amman last month and now sits second in the Asian group, four points behind Jordan.

McKay said it was important to get qualifying for Russia 2018 back on track but said the players were feeling relaxed ahead of the game.

"There's always pressure on us to do well and we place that pressure on ourselves because we want to be better as a side," he said.

"We want to be better as individuals, but more as a team.

"Those away games are always difficult and we just didn't adapt to that (against Jordan) and the tests we did have.

"There's some boys coming in that wouldn't have been happy with their performances last time and they will want to rectify that and I'm sure we will."

McKay admitted the players did not know much about Thursday's opponents ahead of their 2-1 win earlier in the qualifying campaign but said there would be no complacency this time around.

"We didn't have any footage of them the last time we played and also since then they have played another three games," the 32-year-old said.

"We know a lot more about them.

"They have extremely good wingers and that was an area of their strengths last time and they really utilised those players.

"I'm sure we'll do our homework and be ready.

"We're a lot more comfortable here in Australia, we know what to expect and we have our home crowd … it's a positive for us."

 

Tim Cahill speaks during the Socceroos visit to Parliament House. Photo: Stefan Postles/Getty Images.
Tim Cahill speaks during the Socceroos visit to Parliament House. Photo: Stefan Postles/Getty Images.

Veteran striker Tim Cahill said the Jordan defeat had been a reminder that no team could be taken lightly in the first stage of World Cup qualifiers.

"We had a wake-up call against Jordan, which is probably something we needed," Cahill told reporters at Parliament House.

"I'm always confident in this group of lads and the staff purely because of what we have achieved in the past and what is expected of us in the future.

"You don't like the wake-up call but it has to galvanise you either way.

"We're under a little bit of pressure now but it's not something we haven't faced in the past. I suppose we can only put it right by getting a win."

Coach Ange Postecoglou has been dealt a blow with defender Matthew Spiranovic ruled of Thursday's game and the clash in Bangladesh next Tuesday with a calf injury.

Postecoglou has decided not to replace Spiranovic in the squad.



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