Having scored the goal that sent Australia to the World Cup, striker Josh Kennedy found words hard to come by but admitted it was the biggest goal of his career
Josh Kennedy has admitted he has never scored a more important goal than the one that ultimately sealed Australia's place at the 2014 World Cup.
Kennedy had been on the pitch just five minutes when he headed home Mark Bresciano's cross in the 83rd minute, ensuring the Socceroos earned a 1-0 win over Iraq and the three points they needed to reach Brazil.
Iraq had made things tough for Australia, defending doggedly on a wet and uneven ANZ Stadium pitch.
The Socceroos huffed and puffed for little reward, and it needed a brave decision by coach Holger Osieck to bring off talisman Tim Cahill for Kennedy to find the crucial goal for his side.
Speaking to Fox Sports after the match, Kennedy - having made his first appearance for the Socceroos since 2011 - agreed he had never scored a more important goal in his career.
"I really don't know what to say… It was amazing. I'm just really proud of the boys and really happy with the goal," the towering Nagoya striker said.
"I guess it was meant to be. The boss was just saving something for the last game… [It's] an amazing night."
Kennedy had struggled with injury over the past 12 months, with the goal a just reward for his battle back to fitness: "It's been a long road to get back where I am now, and this is the icing on the cake, definitely," he said.