Fiji Time: 9:42 AM on Sunday 26 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Cahill is still Australia's vital weapon

Aap
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."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65090.6319
JPY 54.714051.7140
GBP 0.38790.3799
EUR 0.45160.4396
NZD 0.69980.6668
AUD 0.64240.6174
USD 0.48950.4725

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 24th, March, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Former 7s stars win Oldies
  2. 3-way battle
  3. Sisters die in house fire
  4. Taveuni out of competition
  5. NFP dairy proposal rejected
  6. Marist 7s: Tuwai's Newnet gets second semis spot
  7. Baber updates 7s list
  8. Dam gives way
  9. Marist prunes winners
  10. Ice impresses on sevens return

Top Stories this Week

  1. Shock after brutal attack Tuesday (21 Mar)
  2. Students sent home Tuesday (21 Mar)
  3. Man rapes wife, jailed Tuesday (21 Mar)
  4. Uni urges Fijians to apply for NZ grants Monday (20 Mar)
  5. 7s star told don't reoffend Friday (24 Mar)
  6. Landowners demand $20m compensation from State Thursday (23 Mar)
  7. RKS retains Tailevu Zone title Wednesday (22 Mar)
  8. Concerns over explicit online pictures Tuesday (21 Mar)
  9. QVS blue ribbon king to miss Coke Games Wednesday (22 Mar)
  10. Minister issues maternity benefits warning Tuesday (21 Mar)