Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou has promised his side will “put the pedal down” in the second leg of the World Cup qualifier against Honduras.
Postecoglou’s side will arrive in Sydney with a clean slate after both side’s failed to find the back of the net in the Central American nation, with the Socceroos having the game’s better chances.
“We’ll go hard. We’ll put the pedal down and go as hard as we can for 90 or 120 minutes. They’re going to have to keep up with us,” he told Fox Sports following the match.
And the former Brisbane Roar manager is confident his side’s earlier arrival back in Australia will give his side an advantage.
“Absolutely, they were spent at the end as well. We’ve got some fresh legs coming in as well,” Postecoglou said.
“We’ve got some boys back in Australia who will be ready to go, some boys we didn’t really use tonight who will be ready to go.”
In the first half, the Socceroos were awarded a penalty by the referee after Bailey Wright was collected by Honduras goalkeeper Donis Esober.
The decision was eventually overturned after the referee’s discussion with the linesman, with a goal kick awarded.
It was a decision which Postecoglou addressed with match officials at the break.
“I actually asked him at half-time whether it was offside and he said ‘no, the linesman pointed for a goal kick’,” he said.
“And I said ‘if it’s a goal kick that means he got cleaned up’ and somewhere in the Italian-Australian translation we kind of left it there and I didn’t get a resolution.”