Aus­tralia’s Kennedy blames coach af­ter exit

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

SYD­NEY — Aus­tralia striker Josh Kennedy said their Dutch coach Pim Ver­beek had got his tac­tics wrong at the World Cup, af­ter they ar­rived back home af­ter their exit.

He added that he was shocked at be­ing left out of the team for the 4-0 de­feat by Ger­many in their Group D opener.

“Def­i­nitely I ex­pected to play, but it didn’t turn out that way,” Kennedy told re­porters at Syd­ney Air­port yes­ter­day.

“We lost 4-0 so ob­vi­ously those tac­tics for that game plan didn’t work.”

The Soc­ceroos went out of the World Cup on goal dif­fer­ence, de­spite a sub­se­quent 1-1 draw with Ghana and a cred­itable 2-1 win over Ser­bia.

Kennedy came off the bench against Ghana and started in the sur­prise vic­tory over Ser­bia.

“Me up front with Timmy [Cahill] be­hind, it’s al­ways worked,” the Ja­pan-based for­ward said. “He’s al­ways scored or I’ve al­ways scored goals when we’ve played to­gether.

“At times it’s not the pret­ti­est foot­ball, but it works. We showed it worked against Ser­bia.”

Cahill in­sisted Aus­tralia could hold their heads high af­ter Ger­many and Ghana ad­vanced from their group to the last 16. “Peo­ple see it as some­what of a fail­ure, but I look at it as we’ve achieved some­thing, be­cause it was a bad start but we picked it up and did re­ally well,” said the at­tack­ing mid­fielder who helped Aus­tralia reach the knock­out stages in 2006.

“I’m def­i­nitely gut­ted, but the thing is, it is what it is and you’ve got to get on with it …

“I think there are so many­pos­i­tives, the young guys that came through. Yes, we might have a few older play­ers re­tir­ing, but I’m pos­i­tive for Aus­tralian foot­ball.

“It’s not go­ing to be easy but, the thing is, we’ve got po­ten­tial,” he added. — Reuters.

PHOTO: AP

Aus­tralian striker Josh Kennedy.

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