Master the Dutch? Yes we can, say Aussies
Mathew Leckie insisted Sunday that Australia have the weapons to inflict a shock win on the mighty Netherlands despite their record 5-1 humbling of reigning world champions Spain.
The Socceroos lost 3-1 to Chile in their opening game but winger Leckie, one of their stand-out performers with goal-scorer Tim Cahill, was unfazed by the prospect of facing the Dutch.
After going 2-0 down within 15 minutes on Friday, Australia got one back before half-time and they were gunning for an equaliser for much of the game. Jean Beausejour got Chile`s third in injury time.
"We really want to get a result so we`re going to try and find the areas where we can hurt the Dutch team," said Leckie, ahead of Wednesday`s Group B game in Porto Alegre.
"I think if we can play as well as we did that 70 minutes we`ll definitely have an opportunity to get a win."
While Australia lost in Cuiaba, in Salvador the Netherlands handed out the worst ever World Cup defeat for any reigning champions and Spain`s heaviest reverse in more than half-a-century.
But Leckie said Australia`s inexperienced line-up could spring a few surprises on the 2010 World Cup runners-up.
"I`m sure Chile didn`t expect such a hard game as what they got and Holland, obviously they`ve now seen that game and they`ll probably review it as well," he said.
"But we`ll definitely hit them in areas they won`t expect and hopefully we can be clinical in the opportunities that we get and we can put a few goals away."
Outsiders Australia can take heart from a unbeaten record against the Dutch: two draws and a win in their three fixtures from 2006.
"What`s happened in the past doesn`t really matter. The whole team`s almost totally changed from when we`ve played Holland in the past," said Leckie.
"We`ll go out there with our game plan and hopefully we can play as well as we did for that 70 minutes against Chile and I think we`ll definitely have our opportunities to win."
He added: "We exposed Chile a lot on the wings, we have a lot of speed on the sides and we have Timmy (Cahill) that`s one of the best headers in the game.
"So if we can get into wide areas and get some good crosses in, I think it`s going to be tough for any side to stop us."