Soc­ceroos in­spired by me­dia trash talk

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - BEN MCKAY

A DE­FI­ANT Ange Postecoglou has taken out his frus­tra­tions on the Hon­duran me­dia in the after­math of Aus­tralia’s 0-0 draw with the Cen­tral Amer­i­cans.

Postecoglou cred­ited his team with over­com­ing tough Hon­duran con­di­tions but let loose when asked if he was ex­pect­ing the home side “to be so easy”.

“Maybe you thought we were go­ing to be easy,” he said.

“I saw the news­pa­per to­day, it had 11 kan­ga­roos out there but kan­ga­roos can play foot­ball, huh?” The com­ments con­tinue a war of words.

One Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion com­men­ta­tor had said the match was be­ing held in the “mur­der cap­i­tal of the world” and likened the en­counter to a game with ISIS.

The Cen­tral Amer­i­cans replied, painted the tie as “Op­er­a­tion Cangeru’’ and la­belled Aus­tralia a sim­ple team.

Postecoglou ac­knowl­edged wrongs but de­fended his team.

“When we got here, some peo­ple made some com­ments about the coun­try and Hon­duras and that was wrong and we apol­o­gise for that,” he said.

“I also think there were some com­ments about our team com­ing from the other side that were dis­re­spect­ful.

“We had two play­ers that play in the Pre­mier League out there.

“They play in first di­vi­sions in Europe and all I heard is we have a sim­ple game plan and we don’t have any stars.

“That was our mo­ti­va­tion. We do our talk­ing when the game starts.

“We are ex­pect­ing a tough game in the sec­ond game. We al­ways re­spect our op­po­nents. And we’ll be ready.”

Postecoglou re­jected an­other view that the 0-0 score­line ad­van­taged Hon­duras, given they can progress with ei­ther a score-draw or a win.

“If you think they’ve got the ad­van­tage af­ter us com­ing here and play­ing in these con­di­tions and dom­i­nat­ing the game, then you’ve got a dif­fer­ent view of life than I have,” he said. “We played well tonight.

“We were miss­ing the fi­nal chance to score the goal but if we play like that at home, es­pe­cially with fresh legs, we’ll score.”

Pic­ture: AAP

READY FOR BAT­TLE: In­ter­na­tional Rules cap­tains Shaun Bur­goyne and Aidan O'Shea with the Cor­mac McA­nallen Cup.

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