Ange Postecoglou has praised the peformances of new players Curtis Good and Massimo Luongo after both made their debuts against Ecuador.
Good started the match at centre back at the Den, before coming off in the second half, while Luongo was brought on for Mile Jedinak in the later stages of the game.
Postecoglou was pleased with the efforts of both of the youngsters.
“Massimo was good,” he said. “We’re exposing a 21-year old to seasoned internationals. At a difficult time in the game he came on and looked comfortable. He wanted to be out there.
“That’s good for us. We now need to feed him more opportunities and we’ve got to give these guys opportunities. We won’t develop the footballers we want if we don’t give them opportunities, and when you do, sometimes like today in the second half you pay a price.
“Youngsters will sometimes make decisions that are a little naïve. But I think they’ll learn from that. I thought Massimo and Curtis were good.”
Postecoglou said the Dundee United stopper led the line well.
“I thought Curtis was excellent,” he said. “He’s one of the ones we wanted to expose at the highest level and he was fantastic. He’s only 20 years old, he’s only played a handful of senior games let alone internationals but you can’t tell me he’s not going to learn by playing against the likes of the players who played tonight.
“For the most part he was what I expected, he was composed, he made good clear decisions. He’s going to better for it.”
Unfortunately the rookie Socceroo picked up a knock on his hip and could be out for a few games after Good was forced to come off in the second half as a precautionary measure due to the injury.
“I did something to my hip,” he said. “Hopefully it’s OK. Personally for me having to come off was disappointing.”
Good described his match for Australia as an unbelievable experience.
“You dream about it your whole life,” he said. “It’s the absolute highlight of my career. I felt so confident out there. Thought as a unit we were brilliant.”
Despite making his debut the defender was disappointed that the Socceroos let victory elude them.
"At 3-0, you should never lose a football match,” he said. "When you go to 10 men it’s always hard. It’s not Mitch’s fault thought.
"It’s one of those ones he has to come, otherwise it’s going to be tap in. It’s just unfortunate circumstances.
“[But] we’ve got to take positives from it. We were brilliant in the first half. We’ve got to build on that.”1 comment