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Cahill is still Australia's vital weapon

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

VITORIA, Brazil - As long as the Socceroos can get the ball to Tim Cahill, he'll score, midfielder Tommy Oar says.

Despite coach Ange Postecoglou's regeneration of the squad, veteran striker Cahill is still Australia's most vital attacking weapon.

The 34-year-old, playing in his third World Cup, is a certain starter at the point in the Socceroos' campaign opener against Chile on Friday (Saturday AEST).

During Australia's 1-0 defeat to Croatia last week, Cahill was left wanting with a lack of supply up front as Postecoglou admitted that the front third lacked punch and cohesion.

The side worked on fine-tuning their attack during Monday's training session and Oar feels if Cahill is well set up, he could do damage against Chile.

"Against Croatia we got in behind them a few times, we needed quick delivery into the box and we took too long," Oar admitted.

"Today we worked on it and got some good balls in, if we do that we know Timmy's going to score."

Oar made a departure from his usual spot on the left wing and assumed Mark Bresciano's playmaker role against Croatia, with the veteran still battling a back complaint.

The 22-year-old has played in the No.10 spot for his Dutch club but the general feeling is he's most dangerous for the Socceroos when deployed on the left.

With Bresciano likely to feature against Chile, Oar says he has no preference as to where he is played.

"I enjoy both roles for different reasons," he said.

"On the left wing I can get the ball into the box, especially when you have someone like Timmy in there who's always attacking the ball.

"In the No.10 role, if you can find yourself in between the lines, I also enjoy that.

"Wherever he sees me as best for the team, I'll be happy."


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