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“Australia were brave, at times inspirational …” writes Dom Bossi – but they’re no closer to Russia. Having said that, they escaped the so-called ‘Tomb’ as it’s the last stand of many opposition coaches as they – and Honduras it must be said – almost ground to a halt in the dying minutes of the game due to the conditions.

Ange gives back! Ange apologises about comments made by some Australian media about Honduras, but also notes that some Honduras media were disrespectful of the Australian team saying they knew only one way to play and referring to us as kangaroos – nonetheless, as Ange pointed out, kangaroos can play football. We love it! He also confirmed that he didn’t want to risk Tim Cahill in the conditions, including the state of the pitch.

Column from Mark Bresciano who writes about how the little things make a difference now, and all the hard work is done in the preparation of getting to this point. He says the pictures of the Uruguay players emerging from Sydney Airport tired, jetlagged and hours after the Australians in 2005, was a great boost to the team.

Robbie Slater (and others) seem to have taken a happy pill. Not only was their praise of Ange Postecoglou almost effusive in the broadcast yesterday but Robbie repeats it again in his column, saying Ange’s tactics were spot-on. Like almost everyone, he was impressed with the team's performance.

David Davutovic gives a summary of the game with his thoughts on each player. He also rates them, giving three a high score of 8/10: Behich, Jedinak and Sainsbury.

Tom Smithies shares five things he learned from the game, including that Captain Jedi is made of kryptonite. We agree Tom. Immense performance coming off barely 90 minutes of game time all season. Jedi also plays his cards close to his chest in a card game on board the Qantas charter flight from San Pedro Sula to Honolulu. 

Michael Lynch reminds us that it’s half-time in this two-leg game. It’s not won, not by a long shot …. remember ’97!

A-League

The worst start to a season continues for Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar, with a 1-1 draw better than zero points for both but not the result either of them were looking for or need.

Matt Windley notes that it was a “drab affair” for all but the last 20 minutes or so. If you sat through it, as a neutral in particular, it would be hard to disagree.

Also having a horror run, is Adelaide United who suffered their third straight loss before a pretty poor crowd. But how good are Newcastle Jets this season?

Warren Joyce says he wants to talk about players who are playing, rather than those who are not, and mentions that Nick Fitzgerald, Stefan Mauk and Bruce Kamau have impressed him since day one. He also said that injury replacement Ross McCormack has had his best week in training since arriving.

Because of the big Socceroos game, we didn’t do our daily media watch for Saturday 11 November, but one piece that is worth sharing concerns Central Coast Mariners’ win over Sydney FC at Gosford on Friday night. Quite a few people have observed that Central Coast was playing good football so far this season, but just couldn’t score goals – but they learned to do so in spectacular fashion against the reigning premiers, champions and FFA Cup finalists. Well done POkon and team.

W-League

Alanna Kennedy is confident Melbourne City are on track for the W-League treble despite patchy results so far. They meet second-placed Newcastle Jets today.


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