CARETAKER Socceroo coach Aurelio Vidmar feels that captain Lucas Neill answered his critics in the best way possible with a good performance against Canada.
The under-fire skipper, who played the full 90 minutes in the friendly victory as Australia kept a clean sheet, has been criticised widely by numerous Australian football figures and was jeered at times by the Craven Cottage crowd during the match.
Afterwards, Vidmar acknowledged the reactions of fans but admitted: “That’s part of football.
“You can’t stop that. But I think tonight you could probably say that he’s gained some respect in terms of his performances, absolutely.”
Vidmar described Neill’s performance as very good.
“It was a pretty good performance all round by the team,” he said. “The reaction was excellent tonight. We’ve had a pretty tough week. You have to feel for Holger but unfortunately it’s part of the game.
"A lot of players took it hard so it’s not nice. It took a couple of days to get back into the swing of things."
Football Federation Australia has indicated that it wants to appoint an Australian to coach the Socceroos but Vidmar declined to be drawn on his own coaching future, and if he wants to be considered for the top role.
The former Socceroo striker has been an assistant with the national team since 2010.
He added: “I was just worried about getting through the last couple of days.
“There’s a process that’s going to happen and that’s the organisation’s business. We’ve got let them do what they have to do.”