Ange Postecoglou has thrown his support behind goalkeeper Mat Ryan and winger Tommy Oar ahead of the Socceroos match against Spain.
Oar has struggled to make a big impact in the games against Chile and the Netherlands, while six goals have been conceded in the first two games with Ryan also unable to stop Memphis Dempay’s long-range winner for the Dutch.
But the Socceroo coach gave both players his backing as the national team prepares to face the current world champions.
“Players won’t lose their job for one mistake, not in my team,” Postecoglou said. “That’s not how it works. You name any top goalkeeper in the world and if they've hadn’t a moment like that, I’d be very surprised. It's about how people bounce back.
“Matty had an outstanding year at his club and he’s an outstanding young goalkeeper. I'm not going to burn any young goalkeeper after one mistake. I've certainly made more mistakes then he has in his career.”
Ryan came into the World Cup in outstanding form after his debut European season with Club Brugge, winning the award for Goalkepper of the Year in Belgium.
Oar has developed into a key Socceroo member and was instrumental in qualification for this World Cup. The FC Utrecht midfielder can play in a number of positions and has close to 20 caps for the national team.
Postecoglou defended Oar and said he believes the 22-year old has done “quite well” in the first two matches.
“It's the highest possible level,” he said.
“He's playing against some very good opponents. Tommy's been great. Again, he’s only a young man. I think he's determined to do better, no doubt, but they all are. At the same time I can tell you he's made it, but he's still got to improve and I'm sure he will.
“I'm sure that the challenge for him over the next four years is to keep improving his football and get to one of the big clubs and become a consistent performer.”
Postecoglou is hoping the displays of his team in Brazil inspire other Socceroos currently outside of the national team.comments