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Australia coach Postecoglou remains defiant

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:29

Australia's soccer coach Ange Postecoglou brushes off the critics as his team face two rounds of play-offs to reach the 2018 World Cup finals

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES TO SEPARATE SOUNDBITES SHOWS: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (SEPTEMBER 6, 2017) (SBS - Broadcasters: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA Digital: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD COACH OF AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM, ANGE POSTECOGLOU SAYING: "I think I said before the game I'm not everyone's cup of tea, mate. So what do you do? You get on with life." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD COACH OF AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM, ANGE POSTECOGLOU SAYING: "My position is I'm coach of the national team, its a great honour and I took the role to do it a certain way and I'll see it through. Beyond that, the judgement's on me. Mate, the Australian football industry chewed me up and spat me out 10 years ago. So this is nothing new." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD COACH OF AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM, ANGE POSTECOGLOU SAYING: "I won't be pushed into the shadows of Australian football like others, by just bowing to certain parts. Mate, I've survived much worse than this and if anything, it motivates me to keep going because I want to make sure that Australian football gets on the right path." 6. WHITE FLASH 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD COACH OF AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM, ANGE POSTECOGLOU SAYING: "We had a lot on the ball but just maybe lacked a little bit of conviction in what we wanted to do. But that's probably the hardest gap to bridge because only the very best do it. Only the very besth can, you know, turn possession and domination of a game into results. And that's that final little hurdle for us but we'll keep having a crack at it. I don't think we're far away. I don't think we've far away." STORY: Under-pressure Australia coach Ange Postecoglou defended his coaching methods on Wednesday (September 6) and said the Socceroos will stick to their high-tempo gameplan despite missing out on direct qualification for next year's World Cup finals. After Australia only managed a 2-1 win over Thailand on Tuesday (September 5), Saudi Arabia's 1-0 defeat of Japan condemned the Socceroos to home and away playoffs against Syria in October. If they get through that, the Socceroos would face the fourth-placed team in Central and North American qualifying over two legs in November for a berth in Russia. Australia's lack of finishing polish has been a hallmark of their campaign, heaping pressure on Postecoglou for trying to fashion an attacking game from a team lacking world class players. Postecoglou's position has been openly challenged by former Australia goalkeeper and TV pundit Mark Bosnich, who said the man who guided Australia to the 2015 Asian Cup triumph had lost his way. Social media was also littered with disgruntled fans calling for the 52-year-old's head. Postecoglou, however, said he would wear the criticism and claimed his side was close to finding the consistency to challenge the best.

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Australia coach Postecoglou remains defiant

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:29