Scott Miller: What the Socceroos must do to unlock Palestine

Scott Miller: What the Socceroos must do to unlock Palestine


Fox Sports tactical analyst and Identity Pro founder Scott Miller has called on Socceroos players to drive at Palestinian defenders will ball at feet in their next Asian Cup match.

The Green and Gold face a must-win game against the world’s 99th-ranked team on Friday night in Dubai with Jordan now the clear group leaders.

Their 2-0 win over Syria secured them first place, meaning Australia’s ceiling in Group B is second.

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A well organised Jordan got the jump on the Socceroos on matchday one in something of a smash and grab, allowing Graham Arnold’s men possession but with no real end product.

Jordan meanwhile struck at a corner after 26 minutes and were gritty enough to hang onto the lead, regularly snuffing out Australian attacks via both air and ground.

With a similar challenge seemingly on the horizon, the task in front of Arnold will likely be to navigate through a compact, deep defence.

Miller told Friday’s Daily Football Show the answer is dribbling and taking on defenders.

“It comes down to bravery, it comes down to ball speed,” Miller said.

“I miss the art of players dribbling. We see pass and move a lot, but in these situations, when teams defend so deep, someone has to drive at the gap with the ball at their feet.

“That will encourage a press and that will encourage space in behind and that’s what I’d like to see from the attacking-midfielders of the Socceroos much more, rather than passing into the pockets.

“You see Lionel Messi driving into the pocket and playing one-twos, combination play to affect the back four. I’d love to see more of that tonight.”

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The Socceroos and Arnold came under fire for their tactical approach to game one against the Jordanians, and Miller stressed the below-par performance should prompt change; or at least a backup plan.

“We must have a Plan B and Plan C because these teams are proving very difficult,” he explained.

“If we continue with Plan A for 90 minutes, the outcome’s going to be the same.

“How Graham changes comes down to this is a must-win game and it doesn’t matter how it happens.

“The pressure from minute one, and the intensity, needs to be severe.”