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Cahill seeks more goals against Bangladesh

  • Cahill seeks more goals against Bangladesh

Tim Cahill is raring for a goal-scoring rampage in Bangladesh to expunge the disappointment of netting fewer than desired last week against Kyrgyzstan.

Cahill produced a stunning display in Thursday's home World Cup qualifier, scoring once and only stopped on his way to a hat-trick by some excellent saves from Kyrgyz goalkeeper Pavel Matiash.

The Socceroos talisman made a spectacular aerial manoeuvre in the first two minutes, before hitting the bar soon after with a well-weighted curler.

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But in the same vein as coach Ange Postecoglou's insistence that Australia's performance warranted a 10-goal win instead of the 3-0 scoreline, Cahill was dispirited to have missed some shots.

"He was pretty disappointed he didn't bag a few more," Postecoglou said before the Socceroos' clash with Bangladesh on Tuesday.

"He certainly got into the right areas. He was unlucky on a couple of occasions and a couple of others he probably could have finished them better."

Cahill is a probability to start again in Dhaka, in a likely strike partnership with Nathan Burns following their solid showing against Kyrgyzstan.

With Tomi Juric (groin), Tom Rogic (quad) and Mathew Leckie (illness) all ruled out, Tommy Oar and James Troisi are the only other attacking options.

But Postecoglou praised the work of the Cahill-Burns duo and added that the Shanghai Shenhua star has recovered well.

"Timmy's got a great energy and it's just fantastic to see that from a guy at this stage of his career," Postecoglou said.

"I know a lot of people are watching footage from 10 years ago, and you'll see a fresh-faced Timmy Cahill in amongst that.

"The fact that he's still going now and he's still going strong and he still has the same energy, I think he's an unbelievable ambassador for our game in terms of making every post a winner.

"He started his international career late, but he wants to ring every little bit of success and memorable moments out of it that he can.

"It was great to see and he's backed up well. He's looking forward to tomorrow night."

Postecoglou also hinted a return for first-choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan may be on the cards against 180th-ranked Bangladesh, well out of World Cup reckoning with only a single point from six matches.

Back-up Adam Federici has done an admirable job in place of Ryan, whose recent knee injury has prevented the Valencia gloveman from playing a match for club or country in more than two months.

But with the coach flagging two to three changes to his starting XI, the former Central Coast favourite could be back in the fold.

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