CRITICS who suggested champion striker Tim Cahill would be Australia's only avenue to goal in the Asian Cup have been made to eat their words.
Despite a slow start in the opening game against Kuwait, the Socceroos have scored eight goals in the tournament, following a 4-1 victory against Kuwait with a 4-0 win over Oman in Sydney on Tuesday night.
And importantly, eight different players have found the net.
Midfielder Mark Milligan, who replaced injured captain Mile Jedinak (ankle) against Oman, said while the team had only come together in late December, the ability to follow coach Ange Postecoglou's attacking mantra had been pieced together over many months.
"It's not really something we've been working on over the past two weeks. It's been a part of the plan since Ange came in," the
Melbourne Victory star said.
"It's taken players in the national team a while to get used to it, especially over the past six months since the World Cup.
"It's been about getting experience for as many players as possible.
"Everybody on this team knows his role and what's expected."
The momentum from the two wins, which guaranteed Australia a spot in the
quarter-finals, will be needed to knock over the next Group A opponent, South Korea, in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Also unbeaten in its two games after downing Kuwait 1-0 in Canberra on Tuesday, the Korean outfit features several big names, including Bayer Leverkusen's Son Heung-min and captain Ki Sung-yueng who plays for Swansea in the English Premier League.
Defender Jason Davidson acknowledged the Koreans would prove a tough opponent.
But said the Socceroos would not deviate from their attacking style.
"South Korea is going to be a different proposition to the other teams," he said.
"They've got some fantastic players."
"But I think we've got a good structure.
"We want to keep a clean sheet, but we have to keep trying to push forward and score goals."
One of the keys to Australia's dazzling form has been forward Robbie Kruse, back in the line-up after a knee reconstruction that cost him a place at the World Cup.
Midfielder Matt McKay said Kruse had worked very hard to stay in shape during his rehabilitation, with the effort paying off.
"Robbie put in a great performance," McKay said.
"To back up and get all those minutes into his legs was great."
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