So what did we think of that "performance"?
As far as tone can be assessed, I'm going to guess you're referring to the Thailand game. That and you wrote it on Monday of course. goes to show the dangers of jumping to conclusions for sure!
Game one: First half, 'roos one dimensional and flat. Not muchmovement for the midfielders to pick out players in good positions. This led to too many long balls to Jesus. This played into thehands of the War Elephant defenders as the Thais were very well drilled and defended up the field. We failed to break them down because we were too busy looking for long diagonal balls onto Jesus's/Timmy's head. In one word=poor.
2nd half, much better. played it more on the deck and McKay was able to get involved more, ultimately being responsible for the turnovers that lead to our two goals. A win is a win, it was ugly, but that is the worst I've seen them play in 12months, I suppose a poor performance was due.
This morning's game:
Holger got it right by dragging Timmy and pairing Holman alongside/just behind Jesus. the midfield hustled(respect due in that heat!) and delivered good balls to our forward line. Saudi keeper probably should have stopped Jesus opening goal,but unlike the Thailand game we looked dangerous going forward most of the game. The presure was on the Green Falcons and they wilted. Zullo played a blinder and except for his clumsy challenge that lead to the KSA pen, was MoTM for me. Wilkshires cross for Jeus's first goal was perfect example of quanlity versus the quantity of crosses/long balls in the Thailand game. The Saudi defence crumbled under pressure gifting us a penalty when all they had to do was defend solidly from a corner and attack like crazy for the last 20 minutes to try to equalize. The Socceroos and Holger looked to have taken on board the criticisms(much self generated to be fair) of the Brisbane game and this morning was a much more polished performance. Jesus, despite his height is a much better player when the ball is delivered to his feet. I think this has been recognised and 2 wins from 2 games
is a brilliant start to qualification towards our third WC in a row. A measure of Thailands ability is drawn from the fact hey won Group D's other game his morning 3-0 over Oman in Bangkok. They are now second in Group D:
Australia 6 points
Saudi Arabia 1
Next up Tuesday October 11th at Home to Oman, venue tba but rumours abound that it will be in Sydney.