Socceroos striker Tomi Juric says it felt good to get a win to start the Asian Cup and to get a run in the opening match.
Juric came off the bench and replaced Tim Cahill in the 64th minute with the score at 3-1 in Australia's favour against Kuwait in Melbourne on Friday.
The Western Sydney forward looked lively in his cameo, linking well with Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie, and causing the Kuwait defence problems with Australia scoring a fourth goal through James Troisi in the final minutes of the game.
“It feels good to get a run,” Juric told FourFourTwo.
“I thought every player that came on tonight did a good job and myself included.
"I felt I did quite well. Obviously there’s a few things I could do a lot better and I’ll watch the videos and access as much as I can, and try and learn from it.
“I’ll definitely take that into the next game and learn from my mistakes and take a lot of positives out of it.”
Australia went a goal down in the eighth minute against the run of play but fought their way back into the match.
At half-time the home team was ahead 2-1 thanks to Tim Cahill and Massimo Luongo and it scored two more goals in the second half, with Mile Jedinak and Troisi netting.
Juric said the Socceroos were very confident heading into the opener.
“We knew they were going to sit back and absorb as much pressure as they could and hit us on the counter-attack and the transition,” he said.
“They got a goal early through poor organisation from us but we just need to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We were all very confident we were going to win tonight’s game and throughout the week we worked on a few things and tried to get the balling moving. I thought we did that pretty well tonight and got the result we deserved.”
Juric described the support of the 25,231 Melbourne crowd as fantastic.
“It’s great for the nation and football in general in Australia to get crowds like that,” he said.
“Hopefully we can fill out as much as we can of Homebush when we play on Tuesday and give the other codes a run for their money. I have a lot of friends and family coming to the [Oman] game.
“I’m going to hope they’re going to enjoy it, especially with a positive result, it would be even better.”
Juric said competition is strong for positions in the Australia XI.
“Everyone’s pushing for a starting spot every single game,” he said.
“That’s the best thing about being in a team like this, everyone pushes each other. So one player’s doing better and you just want to push yourself to get into that starting line-up.
“I thought it was very positive from every player who came on and we all made an impact. I think that’s very important and we’ll take a lot of confidence out of that and into the next game.”comments