No win, but Postecoglou 'pleased' with Socceroos

Ange Postecoglou says he will leave Sunderland a satisfied man after Australia’s friendly with England.

The Socceroos went down 2-1 but impressed at the Stadium of Light and matched with the English for large periods of the game.

Postecoglou said he got what he wanted out of the fixture.

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“Yeah I think particularly the first half where our football was really good,” he said.

“We controlled the game for large parts and really pleased with our intent.

“There was always a question over our conditioning, a number of our boys haven’t played for a number of weeks. That was always going to affect the level and tempo of our game.

“But overall, very pleased with the way we played our football. Whenever we had the ball we kept it really well.

“We probably lacked that cutting edge, which we kind of knew going into it that we might struggle a bit.”

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Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney scored for England, with an own goal coming from Eric Dier. Postecoglou said he cared little what the final scoreline was.

“It doesn’t really matter to me, I’m looking at the performance,” he said.

“Obviously we didn’t win the game and that’s disappointing, but if we had won the game and not played liked that I wouldn’t have been more satisfied. We had some objectives coming into the game.

“I thought we ticked all those boxes and in many respects we came out on the positive side of the ledger.

The Socceroos did not sit back against England and Australia’s midfield diamond of Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo and Mile Jedinak looked sharp.

“Everyone bought into what we tried to do today,” Postecoglou said.

“It could have been very easy for us to snatch a result, sit back, try and absorb some pressure and get them on the break. But we kind of flipped it, went the other way and said, even though our conditioning might not be the best, we’ll just go at them for as long as possible.

“From that perspective I think everyone contributed.”