Tim Cahill happy to play role of impact sub after coming on to score against Costa Rica

20 November 2013 10:45 AM

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Tim Cahill happy to play role of impact sub after coming on to score against Costa Rica

After Socceroos poster boy Tim Cahill equalled Damian Mori's record of 29 goals for Australia, we take a look back at our favourite Cahill moments in the green and gold.

HE changed Australia's 2006 World Cup fortunes by scoring the Socceroos' first goal coming off the bench and Tim ­Cahill says he's prepared to play a similar impact role again.

Cahill scored Australia's winner17 minutes ­after coming on to secure a 1-0 win against Costa Rica in Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night.

And he's confident he can break the Socceroos all-time scoring record at next year's World Cup in Brazil, having drawn level with ­Damian Mori after netting for the 29th time, even if it means starting from the bench.

"No (I wasn't disappointed to start on the bench). I feel you have to see the bigger picture,'' Cahill said.

"In the 2006 campaign I played a part even though I was on the bench. Same scenario last campaign and as you get older it's about helping the boss and (making) progress as a team.

"But I've got to take my ­opportunity and make sure I'm still knocking on the door and keeping the youngsters on their toes. I've played just ­under 50 games domestically this year and my job is to make the manager's job hard by playing as often as possible and being in the best form.

"I wanted to come on and help the team and (coach) Ange (Postecoglou) was saying for the subs to come on and make an impact and help the team. Regardless of players not starting, it's about 23 players going into this World Cup, maybe 30, and I feel if you don't want to join the ride and the group mentality, you might as well get off now.

"It's not about one player. I'm proud of the team and it's great to see the options and you never take things personally because it's football.

"I enjoyed playing on the right, not my normal position, but it's something you have to adapt to."

Cahill, who will now enjoy a break after finishing his MLS season with New York Red Bulls, has made a habit of scoring big goals for club and country.

"It was going in anyway. The angle and trajectory going back into the other corner was spot on. I've scored many a header like that," he said.

"I'm very proud. It's not something you think about but to equal Damian Mori's record is a special time and it's something there to be broken in the next few games or even the World Cup."

Episode six of the Fox Football Podcast is a belter. Ange Postecoglou joins the gang to reflect on his Socceroos debut and he is typically forthright as he talks Neill, Rogic, a new belief and more; The Daily Telegraph's Tom Smithies is on deck in the studio to preview the weekend's A-League action and Daniel Garb is on the line from London to talk World Cup qualifying, including the might of France and the irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo.

Source: heraldsun.com.au

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