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Socceroo Leckie frustrated by goal drought

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Emma Kemp

When Mathew Leckie finally reacquainted himself with the back of the net in June, the Socceroos winger had a feeling the floodgates were about to open.

His stoppage-time strike at ANZ Stadium earned Australia a 1-0 friendly win over Greece - and him his third international goal, in his 30th cap.

But five months and five matches later, he's still waiting for the next.

"It's frustrating at times, because people want the goal-scorers and as a player you want to be scoring goals as well," Leckie said in Bangkok ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Thailand.

"But in the national team you've got to think more about the team than yourself.

"I've been able to keep my spot for a long time and play a lot of games. I just keep telling myself the goals will come."

The last time Leckie netted for Australia before the Greece game was in last September's 5-0 World Cup qualifying rout of Bangladesh.

Before that was in 2013 against Canada.

While one goal every 12 games is a long time between drinks, it appears of little concern to Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, who rates the hard-working and selfless FC Ingolstadt flyer as integral to his team's quest to qualify for Russia 2018.

"Goals are something, but the boss really likes the hard workers who give effort for 90 minutes and have a never-give-up attitude," Leckie said.

"I've had that for a long time with the national team ... I've done that pretty well playing for the national team and I think he's seen the effort."

At a club level, Leckie will return to Germany to a new coach he's never met in Bundesliga novice Maik Walpurgis.

The club fired manager Markus Kauczinski last weekend due to the team's miserable opening to the season, during which they've scored two points from 10 rounds to sit second bottom.

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