Socceroos striker Craig Goodwin reveals his goal against France went AGAINST coach Graham Arnold’s orders
Craig Goodwin drove Australia wild and made headlines around the world when he scored in the Socceroos’ opener against France – but the winger has revealed his stunning finish went against football’s orders coach Graham Arnold.
Just nine minutes into Wednesday’s World Cup clash, Harry Souttar found right winger Mat Leckie’s foot with a pinpoint longball. Leckie turned his defender with his first touch before firing a ground cross through the box.
Craig Goodwin (pictured) drove Australia wild when he scored in the Socceroos’ opener against France – but the winger has revealed his stunning finish went against coach Graham Arnold’s orders
It was the Socceroos’ first goal from open play since Tim Cahill’s iconic volley at the 2014 World Cup – but according to the South Australian he should have kept his shot low and hard.
Leckie’s perfect pass found Goodwin unmarked at the far post, with the former KFC employee beating Hugo Lloris high into the net.
It was the Socceroos’ first World Cup goal since Tim Cahill’s iconic volley in 2014 – but according to the South Australian he should have kept his shot low and hard.
“The assistant coach, René Meulensteen, spoke to me after the game because before the game, and during the preparation, they were talking about how against France we should keep our shots low and strong,” explained Goodwin on the Today show on Thursday. .
Goodwin made the finish easy – but he revealed it was a lot trickier than it looked
“So he joked with me and said ‘I don’t know what you did with our advice, but you put it in the roof of the net and it works. It was a really good time.
“I just tried to put something on it and try to keep the ball in the target. It was such a good feeling when he hit the back of the net.
Goodwin made the finish easy – but he revealed it was a lot trickier than it looked.
‘Anyone who’s played the game knows those [crosses] that bounce, it’s so easy for them to fly off and go over the bar, he explained.
Coach Graham Arnold (pictured) and his coaching staff advised the shots should be kept low and hard against the French keeper
“I’m grateful that with my first shot in the tournament I got the chance to get in.”
Unfortunately, the euphoria only lasted 18 minutes with France equalizing and then taking full control of the game before half-time.
The defending champions ruthlessly exposed the class chasm between the two football teams, with the final score 4-1.
The Socceroos will now prepare for their unmissable group game against Tunisia on Saturday night where they will try to emulate the blistering form they showed in the opening 20 minutes against France.
Goodwin (pictured) is confident the Aussies can get a result against Tunisia on Saturday night in their must-win group game
“Everyone in the band is really convinced that we can get something out of this game,” Goodwin said.
“We said from the start that we don’t want to be here just to catch up on the numbers, we believe in the squad we have and we believe we are going to do something special.”