Ange will back in his Socceroos forwards

Tim Cahill.
Tim Cahill.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is tipping a big game from veteran Tim Cahill as the depth of his squad is set to be tested against Bangladesh in Dhaka tonight.

Australia will be short of attacking players with Celtic's Tom Rogic and Roda JC's Tomi Juric returning to their clubs after suffering minor knocks in the 3-0 win over Kyrgyzstan last Thursday.

Nathan Burns, a substitute for Juric last week, is also carrying a slight injury, while Mathew Leckie did not make the trip home last week and remains in Germany with illness.

But despite having fewer options in the final third, Postecoglou said he was not too concerned about the Socceroos' lack of scoring options.

"Not really, it's not too much different to the last game," he said.

"Jimmy Troisi only played about 20 minutes (against Kyrgyzstan), so he's good to go. Tommy Oar didn't play so he's fresh.

"I think we're quite comfortable in those areas.

"Nathan Burns looked good, looked sharp and caused Kyrgyzstan problems. He got in behind and could have had a couple of goals.

"He combined well with Timmy as well. It's good to have those options."

After racking up five goals against Bangladesh in the first meeting between the two countries in Perth in September another big score is expected at Bangabandhu National Stadium tonight.

However, goals are not the issue for the Socceroos coach, who just wants to see continued improvement from his team.

"It's not about how many goals we score, but how we perform," he said.

"We created enough opportunities against Kyrgyzstan to score five or six, if not more.

"It comes down to performance. If we play well, we'll get the goals. I'm not going to set any targets."

Cahill, 35, has a record 42 goals for his country and while he did score against Kyrgyzstan, Postecoglou said his veteran striker was disappointed not to score more.

"He got into good areas and was unlucky a few times…but he scored again," the coach said.

"It's just great to see at this stage of his career he's still going strong, still got great energy and unbelievable appetite for the game to make every post a winner.

"He's backed up well and I know he's looking forward to tomorrow night."


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