Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Socceroos find Serbia a little harder than Kiwis! Holger is great!

Aussies found the game a little more meaningful against Serbia than the run out against the Kiwis.

Michael Zullo was tested and showed he has a lot to learn but still showed enough to get some more opportunities.

Adam Federici and Brett Holman were both outstanding against top opposition and Serbia were a class outfit - recently beaten by South Korea it should be noted despite missing 4 or 5 key players.

Carl Valeri had a mixed game, some great things some not so hot but again showed why playing in Serie B is better than playing in the lower leagues of England.

Leeds' Neil Kilkenny has probably played himself out of the team with another dire performance. Lacking control - crucial in the international midfield - he has had his chances.

Archie Thompson looked lively but is well behind Josh Kennedy, Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill in the striking department - we may still need him, however, in the Asia Qualifiers.

James Troisi was less impressive last night - was the Kiwi game his level? Hopefully he can improve further.

Matt McKay was strong, very strong again and showed he's ahead of Troisi by miles both defensively and in the attacking areas. Crucial to have both in International football, Troisi has litte defensively it seems!

Rhy Williams will offer a lot in coming years, and late entrants Robbie Kruse and Dario Vidosic offered something.

The question remains while many newcomers are showing signs of hope - where is the next Lucas Neill, Tim Cahill, Brett Emerton, Marco Bresciano, Harry Kewell and co.

Players who can play in the highest leagues for many years.

We got a draw with Serbia with a team playing in lower leagues.

And it wasnt too bad considering the cattle we have.

Good enough to take us to the World Cup again.

Along way to go and lots of fast Asian forwards to test us out.

The best thing about last night?

Holger Osieck - he has a plan - gets the ball moving forward and is bringing in young guns who are performing above themselves it seems. They'll need to improve by the Qualifiers but we seem to have more players who can do a job now than six months ago.

Nice appointment FFA - I think you got it right

1 comment:

astrojax said...

good review, aemonn. i haven't seen anything of last night's game, alack, but i am liking what i am hearing and have seen of matt mckay. and holman will be a star somewhere, he's got some talent.