Tim Cahill says the Socceroos won’t take their foot off the accelerator against South Korea in their next Asian Cup game and want another victory.
Australia booked its place in the quarter-finals with a one-sided 4-0 demolition of Oman in Sydney. The tournament hosts next face rivals South Korea in
Brisbane with the chance to stay top of the group and go through in first place.
“I honestly feel against Korea, just because we’ve qualified for the quarter-finals, we’re not going to rest,” Cahill said.
“We want maximum points, we want to win games and keep making an impact. We love the football, we love the style that we’re playing.
“With Millsy and Matty coming in tonight, the way they moved the ball quick and the penetration, the way we were getting in behind, they couldn’t deal with the waves of pressure.
“They couldn’t deal with our fitness and that was supposed to be a tougher test, supposedly so, than Kuwait. I can’t really pick any negatives apart from scoring more goals.”
Cahill captained the Socceroos in Mile Jedinak’s absence and was substituted in the 50th minute. Australia racked up a three-goal lead in the first half, with Tomi Juric adding a fourth in the second period.
The Socceroos were unlucky not to add a fifth in the final 15 minutes and goalkeeper Mat Ryan had few saves to make.
“I really believed in these boys, I do, because it should have been maybe 10, or 12,” Cahill said.
“The first game when I looked at the analysis, everyone was talking about the goals we conceded. And the difficulty of how the Oman game is going to be and how we’re going to have a tough test.
“We want to go for it. We want to concentrate on ourselves and be disciplined and that’s the main thing we’ve been driving into the players.”
Cahill said it was a proud day for him to captain Australia again and that the Socceroos squad is gaining in confidence after back-to-back wins.
“The players now believe in themselves,” the New York Red Bulls attacker said.
“It’s just really great to see because there’s a lot of growth and depth in this team.
“A lot of people questioning the changes but he [Ange Postecoglou] knows what he’s doing. And best of all, the players know it’s going to take 23 of us to win games.”comments