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Socceroos down Kyrgyzstan in WC qualifier

  • Socceroos down Kyrgyzstan in WC qualifier

Coach Ange Postecoglou has vowed not to alter the Socceroos' "relentless" attacking game in Thursday night's World Cup qualifier with Kyrgyzstan, vexed at having to defend his style and insistent it was not the cause of his team's recent stumble against Jordan.

Suggestions that a perceived gung-ho approach in Amman last month left Australia vulnerable on the counter-attack - and on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline - did not go down well with Postecoglou in Canberra before the match.

The coach insisted the real problem was that his players had been too conservative.

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"If anything in Jordan, instead of being aggressive we took our foot off the pedal and tried to control the game in a different way. When you do that the opposition can take advantage," Postecoglou said.

"The idea is you try to be relentless in your approach, and we didn't.

"We were comfortable enough but had a false sense of security.

"We should have gone harder - in every game where we've done that, we've either been successful or at least given good account of ourselves.

"I've been coaching long enough for people to know I don't react to one result and change things just because things didn't go well in one game.

"The attacking intent will always be there ... we want to be the team on the front foot and that's what I'll be looking for."

Postecoglou said there was no "utopia system", acknowledging every team has its frailties.

But he bristled at insinuations he fields an unbalanced squad.

"It's my 20th year of coaching, and how many times do you think I've been asked that?" he said.

"People expecting me to change now are going to be terminally disappointed.

"I'm not trying to prove a point, it's just how I think we should play our football.

"When we scored the winner in extra time in the Asian Cup final, and our leftback is the furthest man up the park, no one said we were too attacking then.

"It works, its successful. I've won titles at club level and international level, and it seems I still have to convince people I know what I'm doing. Such is my lot in life."

Postecoglou admitted he "wasn't rapt" with the standard of the playing surface at GIO Stadium, which was rain-soaked and patchy in areas.

He also has to make do without striker Mathew Leckie (illness) and Matthew Spiranovic (calf), but will be boosted by the return of skipper Mile Jedinak, while also declaring goalkeeper Mat Ryan (knee) fit for selection despite having not played a match in more than two months.

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