Socceroos left-back Aziz Behich says Australia didn’t panic when they went a goal down against Kuwait because the squad believes strongly in Ange Postecoglou’s attacking philosophy.
Kuwait went ahead 1-0 after just eight minutes against the run of the play on Friday night in Melbourne.
A defensive mix-up by the Socceroos allowed Hussain Fadhel an early chance and he tucked it away brilliantly.
It was a familiar story under Postecoglou with the green and gold conceding soft goals in recent friendly matches against Japan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
But Australia stepped up a gear, grabbing the lead through Tim Cahill and Massimo Luongo strikes, and then posted two more goals in the second half.
Behich, only playing his eighth game for the Socceroos, said the team was confident it could turn the early deficit around under Postecoglou’s attacking-minded, proactive style.
“It was a great response from the boys,” he told FourFourTwo.
“No-one panicked and we stuck to the game structure and the way we wanted to play. We believe the way we want to play will get us over the line and it did tonight.
“It was a great way to start our campaign. We’re going to put this game behind us. We got the three points.”
Behich got the nod for the starting left-back role ahead of Jason Davidson, who starred all three games for Australia at the World Cup in Brazil.
The former Melbourne Heart defender has been in strong form for his Turkish club Bursaspor.
“It was great to be back home and play in front of my friends and family,” Behich said.
“The crowd here tonight were amazing and they were part of what got us over the line as well.”
Behich was solid on the left flank for the Socceroos, linking well with Robbie Kruse.
“I thought I had a good game,” the 24-year old said.
“But at the end of the day I wouldn’t have had a good game if it wasn’t for my team-mates.”comments