Postecoglou wants positive display

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou wants his side to beat Jordan convincingly in Tuesday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifier at the Sydney Football Stadium.

The Socceroos are top of the Group B standing on 18 points, two above Jordan, and if they don’t lose will move on to the next round of World Cup qualifiers and book their place at the 2019 Asian Cup.

In their first match in Amman in October, Jordan beat Australia 2-0 in the Aussies’ only loss in the group.

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In an interview, Postecoglou said that he did not want a scrappy win at home but was expecting a positive performance from his side.

“If we get a scrappy result (on Tuesday) and finish top, it’s not going to make me happy,” said Postecoglou.

“We want to keep progressing our football. The win and top of the group will be a by-product of us playing some good football.

“It’s about continuing to grow in the international arena.

“You’re only going to see the best of our guys once they have 20-30 games. We’re getting to that stage now with some of our guys (but) some of them are still less than 10.

“All these games are really important for them to grow as footballers. It’s always about the performance for us; just getting the result is not the point for us at the moment.”

Postecoglou added that revenge for their only loss in the group was the last thing on their minds and they just want to finish the group off strongly in their last match.

“Revenge is best left to the movies, this is real life,” Postecoglou said.

“Whether that’s against an opponent who beat us last time or we beat, it doesn’t really matter.

“If we win tomorrow night, it’s not going to erase what happened in Jordan.

“We want to go out, progress our football and finish this group off strongly.”

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