McKay hints at Socceroos rotation

Midfielder Matt McKay is expecting more rotations for the Socceroos in their next game as the Asian Cup continues.

Midfielder Matt McKay is expecting more rotations for the Socceroos in their next game as the Asian Cup continues.

McKay played 90 minutes for the Socceroos in the 4-0 win over Oman on Tuesday, after missing the tournament opener against Kuwait.

The Brisbane Roar skipper replaced James Troisi in the starting XI while Mark Milligan and Jason Davidson were also brought in.

McKay said he didn’t know if he had done enough against Oman to keep a starting spot for the South Korea clash.

“Jimmy (Troisi) did well in the first game, there’s going to be rotations galore,” he said.

“(Ange Postecoglou) wanted to build the depth in those friendlies and he’s done that so he’s vindicated in his decisions previously. Everyone who comes on will do a job.

“The guys that came in did a good job and gave the boss some headaches for the rest of this tournament.”

McKay opened the scoring for Australia against Oman, as he turned in a header from Trent Sainsbury on 26 minutes following a corner. It was just his second goal in 51 appearances for the Socceroos.

“I don’t score many goals at all,” the 32-year old admitted.

“It was instinct really and just getting in the right body shape. I was surprised to be put up near the goalkeeper but it’s just about getting in the right spots. I thought our set pieces today were quiet good.

“The delivery was good and we had our big guys attacking the ball well. If we can get a few goals like that in the tournament then it really helps. The game changes when goals go in because it means they have to come out, they can’t sit back.

“So it was a settler for the side and tonight we knocked the ball round well and there’s still room for improvement, and you’ll see that.”

The Socceroos next play South Korea in Brisbane, where McKay plays his club football for the Roar.

“It’ll be good to go to Brisbane,” he said.

“Good stadium, good fans so I’m expecting a sellout up there. It’s our marquee fixture of the group games, now we know that we’ve got a quarter-final we want to polish our performances.”