Je­d­i­nak ready if needed for shootout

Geelong Advertiser - - SOCCER -

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.

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