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Postecoglou delighted with Socceroos show

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016 Ben McKay

It took Ange Postecoglou 20 seconds on Thursday night to realise he was seeing a strong and confident side go to work.

From the kick-off in their World Cup qualifier with Iraq, Australia surged forward and almost had the ball in the back of the net twice within half a minute.

The impressive Tom Rogic dragged the ball forward and played in Tomi Juric whose shot stung the palms of the Iraqi goalkeeper.

Rogic's follow-up header was dealt with more easily, but the signal was sent.

It would take almost an hour before Australia - through Massimo Luongo - would open the scoring in their 2-0 win but Postecoglou said he was always confident given their domination.

"I was pleased with both performance and result ... we controlled the tempo of the game," he said.

"I thought we were dominating the game. The (half-time) message was to keep going.

"At some point we knew they'd run out of petrol because you can't keep going at that pace.

"We regained our composure and wore them down."

Postecoglou may have been overselling the show.

At half-time, the Socceroos had enjoyed the better chances but were also listless for spells, relying on Mark Milligan's last-ditch sliding challenge to prevent an Iraq goal.

Brad Smith had a forgettable start and captain Mile Jedinak was error-prone.

But all was forgotten after sweeping away Iraq in a second term that could have produced even more Australian goals.

The Asian Cup-winning coach had praise for several Socceroos, including 50-cap milestone man Mark Milligan.

Forward Mathew Leckie was "brilliant" and "fantastic", Juric " continually asked questions" of the Iraq defence.

Luongo showed "what a quality player he is" and Rogic "is just a brilliant footballer".

Millgan started at centre-back in a surprise switch from Postecolgou, who said people shouldn't have been shocked.

"We played Millsy at centre back against England with an eye to this game," he said.

"Millsy's fantastic coming out with the ball ... it suited our setup."

But in keeping with his style, there are likely to be changes for Tuesday's game against UAE.

The Emirati beat Japan in Tokyo on Thursday night - a feat Australia have never achieved and Postecoglou will assess his bench - which included Tim Cahill, Robbie Kruse and Mathew Spiranovic - for options.

"I expect all the boys will recover pretty well. The beauty of it is we have some real depth on the bench," he said.

"We've got some guys that can come in if needed."

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