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Socceroos won't park bus in World Cup playoff vs. Syria - Postecoglou

Time to start winning ugly? Not on the watch of Australia coach Ange Postecoglou, who's determined to play his own brand of football in Thursday's AFC World Cup playoff against Syria, despite concerns over the state of the pitch in Malaysia.

Even a glance down the abyss of a potential first World Cup qualifying failure in 12 years isn't enough to diminish the resolve of a Socceroos' coach famous for his full-throttle philosophy and unbending commitment to an attractive style.

There'll be no parking the bus against Syria in Malacca, nor a departure from his now-signature 3-2-4-1 formation or high-tempo style.

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"In terms of the formation, we've set off on this path and we'll continue down it" Postecoglou said.

"I see a lot of growth and development in that area. It suits our players, the kind of football we want to play and where we are at the moment as a team.

"On Thursday night, it's going to be up to the opposition to try and keep up with us for two games, not just the one.

"It's going to test them in ways they probably haven't been tested before."

The Socceroos will have to overcome bumpy conditions at Hang Jebat Stadium, which could resemble the pitch in Bangkok last November when Australia drew 2-2 with Thailand.

"Having been through the rigours of a campaign now, all the players know that whatever we face on Thursday is nothing we haven't faced before -- whether that's the weather conditions, pitch conditions or opposition tactics," Postecoglou said.

"That's the beauty of having had that experience at least once - you can talk about these things. I'm very confident this group of players have seen the whole gamut of challenges.

"They've faced it all, so I don't think anything will be a surprise on Thursday."


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