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'Tough win against tough side' - Morgan on win over Iraq

12:55 IST 25/09/2018
Trevor Morgan, Australia U16, AFC U-16 Championship, 25092018
Despite their numerical superiority, Australia hesitated to go for the kill early in the second half of their AFC U-16 Championship match against Iraq


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Australia are back on track in the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship, after they edged defending champions Iraq 2-1 in their Group D encounter at the UM Arena, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

Luke Duzel's 67th minute and Noah Botic's 74th minute goals provided them the win, while Abdulrazzaq Subaihawi pulled one back for Iraq from the spot four minutes from time. Iraqi midfielder Ali Kadhim Johni had earlier been sent off for a second booking a minute before the halftime whistle.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Joeys head coach Trevor Morgan described the result as a good win.

"It was a very difficult match against a very strong opponent. After not succeeding in our first match, this game was a test of character.

"We had belief in ourselves, that if we played our style of football we could win this match. And in the end we had the result we needed," said the trainer.

When asked why his charges seemed a little hesitant to go for the kill early in the second half with them having the numerical superiority, Morgan responded that he wanted them to be patient.

"For me, the Iraqi sending off was a test of the players' concentration. It can be a huge advantage, but sometimes young players can make the wrong decisions in these situations.

"In these conditions, you can't simply go on the attack. What's most important for us is to be patient and build pressure, because the Iraqi players would be tired from covering the extra space," Morgan answered.

They will next take on Afghanistan, while Iraq will face off against South Korea on Friday.

 

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