Socceroos: Three points the most important thing

Australia were far from their best but they claimed the three points against Kyrgyzstan and that’s the most important thing according to Ange Postecoglou and Mile Jedinak.

The Socceroos edged past Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in Bishkek on Wednesday morning (AEST), courtesy of goals from Mile Jedinak and Tommy Oar.

The match was played in front of passionate and parochial crowd of approximately 18,000 who provided added energy for the home side who were adventurous and willing throughout, but just lacked quality in the final third.

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It was a narrow escape for the Socceroos, but three points to kick off their road to Russia was ideal for the coach and captain.

“From our perspective, the three points is the important thing and the experience is important for us to grow from,” Postecoglou told Fox Sports after the game.

“We expected a tough game. With these conditions and the crowd behind them, they can play.

“We knew we had to get on top early and we just tried to force it too much after that.

“Maybe we thought things would come a lot easier. In the end, it’ll be a great experience for everyone involved.

“This is what the World Cup qualifying process is all about. We’ll grow from this.”

Jedinak’s second minute free-kick gave the Socceroos the perfect start but there were plenty of anxious moments after that.

The Australia captain was delighted his side were able to grind out an opening game victory.

“It’s not going to be easy this challenge that we face,” he said.

“It’s always great to start on the front foot with a big three points.

“We’ve got a few months now for everyone to get themselves ready.”

Jedinak refused to use the pitch as an excuse for his side’s display, but conceded it came in handy for his goal.

“It’s probably a bit of the pitch and a bit us. They are the challenges we need to face and get used to. It was the same for both teams,” he said.

On his goal, Jedinak added: “I knew getting it on target you might stand a chance. But I didn’t expect it to bobble that much, I’ll take it.”

The Socceroos are next in action in qualifying on September 3 against Bangladesh in Perth.

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