Australia coach Ange Postecoglou heaped praise on his team following their comprehensive win over the UAE in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
The crucial win sees them move into third in Group B of the qualifiers, one step closer to reaching the main draw or at least making it to the next round of qualifiers.
The Socceroos were dominant on attack, firing 16 shots at goal and earning nearly 60 percent of possession.
“Very proud of the players, it was a challenging ten days for us,” Postecoglou told the Socceroos website.
“We always know at home we’re a dominant team. We worked awfully hard, we pressed the way we wanted to and created opportunities.
“And we deserved the victory.”
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Jackson Irvine would score the opener for Australia in the seventh minute, netting his maiden goal for his country with an accurate header.
“To get us off the mark with a goal was perfect,” the 24-year-old said afterwards.
“We’ve shown how lethal we can be from set plays over the course of this qualification campaign.”
Irvine added that the nearly 30 000 strong crowd at the Sydney Football Stadium certainly gave them an extra edge.
“I think in any international competition people will always tell you what an advantage it is playing at home and the crowd were brilliant tonight,” he said.
“They really lifted us through times in the game, when they were trying to slow it down and frustrate us, to have the crowd on your side at those moments is a massive help.”