Following his superb showing off the bench, Tim Cahill revealed that he wants international teams to show him the respect he deserves.
The veteran came off the bench and scored a 75th minute winner for Australia against the UAE in humid conditions at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday night.
The former Everton star connected with an accurate cross from teammate Brad Smith, volleying home from the back post to notch up his 48th international goal.
“Like I said time and time again, whether it’s five minutes or 90 minutes, people know what I can do,” the 36-year-old told the Socceroos website.
“That’s what I want to do. I want them [opposition teams] to be fearful of me when I come on.
“I want them to give me some space and I’ve earned that respect over the last ten years, and I’m not going sit back, I’m really going to push as hard as I can. This result, every time we put on the jersey, means so much.”
Coach Ange Postecoglou also heaped praise on his veteran forward.
“He’s always there…he’s a willing participant in what we’re doing and he’s an important part of what we’re doing,” he said.
“He knew coming into camp he was nowhere near fit enough to play any decent amount of time. He was there in case we needed him and he capitalised tonight on the other boys working really hard for the first hour and a bit to create that opportunity for him.”