Centre-back Matt Spiranovic described the 4-1 win over Kuwait as a great result but says there is improvement to come from the Socceroos.
Australia got their 2015 Asian Cup campaign off to a flyer, putting four goals past Kuwait after an early scare.
The home team went behind early in Melbourne but rallied hard and romped to a three-goal win in the second half.
Spiranovic was pleased with the victory but believes the Socceroos can get better.
“It was a great result,” he told FourFourTwo.
“A good way to start off the tournament. I think we composed ourselves well even though we went a goal behind. The early goal, to level it really settled us and I think after that there was only going to be one winner because we really dominated.
“We created a lot of chances, came away with a 4-1 result and there’s a lot of positive signs. It was great.
“[But] we don’t want to peak in the first game of the tournament either.”
The Socceroos dominated the second half of the match with Kuwaiti keeper Hameed Youssef forced into several good saves.
The woodwork also denied the Australians several times.
Spiranovic said Kuwait played exactly how the Socceroos expected.
“We knew they were going to sit off us and rely on the counter-attack,” the Western Sydney Wanderer said.
“Like you saw they had a few skillful individuals that we had to be wary of, but I think all in all there’s room for improvement but a good first game for us.”
The 26-year old said Oman may adopt a similar defensive-minded game plan against Australia.
“We’re the home side so teams might prefer to sit back against us,” Spiranovic said.
“Like going into this game, we’re just focused on ourselves and how we want to take it on the opposition.”comments