Leckie unfazed by green and goal drought

Socceroo Mathew Leckie says scoring isn’t everything for him although he’d love to end his almost two-year goal drought in green and gold.

Leckie, who scored the winner for Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga on the weekend, has netted just once in 24 caps for Australia.

That goal came back in October 2013 in a 3-0 win over Canada.

Leckie has come close numerous times since, including a golden opportunity at the World Cup against the Netherlands, but isn’t beating himself up about his barren run given his contribution as a goal creator.

The Ingolstadt attacker set up numerous chances in the 2-2 draw with Germany, while he also laid off a great assist for Tomi Juric against Oman at the Asian Cup.

“It’s always nice to score, but if I can set goals up as well, that’s just as good as scoring,” Leckie said.

“It’s obviously been a while and scoring is something that’s been missing.

“I’m putting in good performances and that’s something I’ve been able to do consistently.

“That’s one of the main reasons why I’ve kept my spot.

“I’d be very excited to score again for the national team, but I don’t let it worry me too much.”

Leckie only landed in Perth on Monday, ahead of Thursday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh.

He admitted he was still adjusting after the long flight, but after his stunning maiden goal in the Bundesliga, added that he was full of confidence.

“It was a good achievement,” Leckie said.

“Obviously I had a few games with Gladbach a few years back but I wasn’t able to score.

“It was a good goal. I’m happy to score a goal like that for the first one. It’s something I‘ll never forget.”