Milligan: We knew goals were coming

Mark Milligan says the Socceroos weren’t concerned about finding regular goal-scorers apart from Tim Cahill and hopefully the strikes continue as the Asian Cup rolls on.

Australia knocked in four against Oman on Tuesday and did the same on Friday against Kuwait.

There was eight different scorers for the eight Asian Cup goals, with the Socceroos all-time leading goal-scorer Cahill adding just one in the 4-1 Kuwait victory in Melbourne.

Milligan said the Socceroos themselves weren’t worried about where the goals would come from away from Cahill’s finishing.

“That’s never really been the opinion in camp, that’s been your guys opinion,” he said.

“It’s just good. We knew we had goals in us and hopefully it continues.”

Milligan got his third goal from 34 caps for the Socceroos in the Oman game. The Melbourne Victory man scored from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time after being manhandled in the box.

Milligan said he would have liked advantage to have played and for the first goal to have stood.

“Obviously I would have liked the first one to have gone down on the scoresheet but we’d spoke about it before the game, I knew I was going to take the penalty anyway,” he said.

“I just composed myself and it was a very important time. It’s always good to get on the scoresheet just before half-time and take that into the sheds.”

Milligan was not selected for the Asian Cup opener but came in for Oman with captain Mile Jedinak injured.

The midfielder said it was good to get rid of some cobwebs after an extended period away from the pitch after an A-League suspension.

“I would have liked to have played a game [earlier],” he said.

“It’s been a month, yesterday, since I last played a game. I’ve been working extremely hard, both in Melbourne before I went into camp and then once I came in as well.

"It was just very important that I was ready to do my part for the team when the time came.

"It’s all part of the tournament. That’s something [conditioning and rotation] that’s been factored in by our staff from the very beginning.

"We’ll make sure we do all the right things tomorrow because any little edge we can get at any time is very important.”