McKay: Time to turn respect into fear

The Socceroos' World Cup campaign has earned the respect of the world - now they want to turn that respect into fear, says Socceroo Matt McKay.

Ange Postecoglou's rapid regeneration has seen the Socceroos go from ageing stars playing defensively on the backfoot to a new younger brand of vibrant attacking football that shocked both Chile and Holland.

But for all the praise and pride they've won, they've yet to win a game...and the Socceroos are well aware they're not the finished product yet.

McKay admitted he was conflicted by the 3-2 result against Netherlands, on the heels of the 3-1 loss to Chile.

"It was a great performance once again but we need to start translating those performances into wins," he said. "That'll be the next step - but once again I think we did Aussies proud. We worked extremely hard and really took it to what is a great team.

"Ange straight after the game said he was extremely proud of us but disappointed that we didn't get a result and we really need to turn those good performances into results. Ultimately, we do.

"We need to win games. That's what our business is about. In four years, if you come to us and say we've had really good performances but not won games, everyone will be really disappointed.

"That's what we need to work on."

Despite the lack of points on the board, McKay believes the Socceroos will leave Brazil with their reputations enhanced.

"I think our reputation has risen," he said. "I'm hearing reports that the German media are speaking about how well we've played so it's very special.

"It's what Ange wanted. He wanted to make a statement to the world that Australia could play and prove to Aussies that we can really mix it with the best.

"We've played an entertaining brand of football that's really attractive and the whole aim now is to turn those positive performances into results."

They now face their final game as effectively a dead rubber with both Australia and current World Champions Spain already knocked out of qualifying from their group.

But both sides have plenty of pride to play for, setting the stage for a blockbuster match.

"We are a lot more confident now after how the team has performed but Spain are still a very special team and still World Champions," said McKay today.

"They are going to be hurting but they are a very professional team. They will want to make a statement against us.

"We'll do our homework. Obviously that midfield for the last six years has dominated world football. It's a good challenge and we'll be really looking forward to it."

With the World Cup now effectively a training exercise, the Socceroos are eyeing up the Asian Cup, buoyed by the improvement already achieved and plenty of time ahead to finesse their game.

McKay added: "On the home soil, the Asian Cup is one you want to win and it's worked perfectly so far with our performances.

"There will be some good friendlies leading into January 2015. I'm sure Ange has his ideas about how he wants the team to progress and how he's going to do that - but the signs are really good and really positive so far."


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