Wright: Kyrgyzstan goal should never have stood

Bailey Wright says Kyrgyzstan’s goal in Australia's 2-1 win was a clear handball and never should have been awarded but the Socceroo paid credit to the performance of the Central Asians.

Australia jump-started its journey to Russia in 2014 with a one-goal victory away in Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan proved to be a tricky foe and pushed the Socceroos hard for the full 90 minutes.

Captain Mile Jedinak got the 2015 Asian Cup winners off to a great start with a free kick in the first minute and then substitute Tommy Oar added the second in the 67th minute.


Azamot Baimatov replied for Kyrgyzstan from a corner, but a handball on the line to bundle the ball into the net was missed by the officials.

"Obviously their goal should never have stood, clear handball, but sometime referees miss these things, that's football sometimes," Wright told FourFourTwo.

“It was a difficult game, tough place to go, tough conditions. The place was packed. Games like this are allways difficult but we did what we came to do and that was to win.

"They played some good football and looked solid, we always knew we would get chances and that they couldn’t keep up with our tempo. That proved in the end."

Just over 18,000 people crammed into Spartak Stadium for the match and the home team certainly rose to the occasion.

Wright, who was on the bench with Matt Spiranovic and Alex Wilkinson preferred in defence, said coach Ange Postecoglou was relatively pleased with the victory.

“The crowd were good, very loud and passionate,” the Preston North End centre back said.

“I was impressed, it was great turnout from them. He was happy that we won the game, he always wants us to be better and dominate games more but it’s a tough place to go so happy to get the win.

“Any footballer will tell you they want to be out there playing. But there’s always a role to play, whether it’s on the bench, coming on or starting.

"So I would of loved to have played but have enjoyed being in camp and training with the boys this last week.”

The Socceroos next World Cup qualifier is against Bangladesh in Perth on September 3.