Jedinak ready if needed for shootout
SOCCEROOS captain Mile Jedinak isn’t concentrating about a penalty shootout despite the real prospect that their World Cup hopes could be decided by spot kicks tonight.
A 0-0 result to mirror the deadlock in San Pedro Sula on Saturday will send Australia and Honduras to extratime, and then possibly a shootout at ANZ Stadium.
But Jedinak wasn’t overly interested about what may be 120 minutes into the distance.
“If I’m on the pitch at the time I’ll put my hand up (but) I don’t know how it works,” he said.
“I know usually sometimes boys offer to put their hand up; who’s feeling comfortable and confident at the time is usually how it goes.
“Sometimes you might be told to take them.”
Jedinak is Australia’s first- choice penalty taker, scoring twice from the spot against Thailand in a 2-2 draw last November and in Melbourne against Japan to force a 1-1 draw.
His curious indecision was a stark contrast to Australia’s ready-for-anything routine that usually accompanies its preparations.
That could be because Plan A is to win and win inside 90 minutes.