Leckie hungry for goals ahead of Asian Cup

Socceroos winger Mathew Leckie says he is desperate to add goals to his all-action performances in the lead-up to January’s Asian Cup.

Leckie has been one of the Socceroos most consistent players under Ange Postecoglou and enjoyed a breakout World Cup in Brazil.

But the FC Ingolstadt flyer has struggled to turn his performances into goals, not scoring for the national team since a friendly against Canada over a year ago.

“I’ve only scored one in 15 games so I would definitely like to score more,” Leckie told FFA TV ahead of Wednesday morning’s friendly with Qatar in Doha

“I had the chances the other night which I could have put away but it wasn’t to be that day. Hopefully I can get into some scoring opportunities again (against Qatar) and I’ve just got to be more clinical.

“At this stage it’s probably what the whole team is lacking. That final third, that final pass or finish.

“As a team we have to make that better…if we keep creating the chances that should happen.”

The Socceroos are expecting another hot and humid night against Qatar following the steamy conditions in their 0-0 draw with UAE on Saturday morning (AEDST).

“It will be another tough hit-out. In these conditions it’s tough to play to the top of your ability for 90 minutes,” Leckie admitted.

“We still want to keep the ball moving and keep it in play as much as we can. Those teams like to slow the game down and won’t like it if we move it quickly.

“We need to make the ball move more than the players, we’ll definitely get opportunities as well to create chances, we just have to be more clinical.”