Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Heroics Fail to Satisfy Coach

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Heroics Fail to Satisfy Coach

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Byline: Tom Smithies Analysis

FOOTBALL: Bert van Marwijk has called it "the last part of the puzzle", and it's been missing from this particular jigsaw for quite some time.

"It's unbelievable and a pity we didn't score more. We must make the difference by scoring one more goal than our opponents," the Dutchman said, knowing at least one goal - and ideally more - will be needed against Peru on Tuesday.

The track record isn't auspicious. In the past 12 months Australia has scored 19 goals in 13 games, an average of less than one and a half per game.

And only nine of those goals have come from open play.

Set pieces are a hugely valuable part of a team's armoury, but the ability to fashion goals organically has been sorely lacking for some time.

In the 1-1 draw against Denmark, Australia had 14 attempts on goal, five on target, but only one of those went in. That's the major thing to fix before Tuesday.

It won't be for want of trying. …

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