Curtis Good has revealed that he felt at ease in the heart of defence in Australia’s 4-3 international friendly loss to Ecuador on Wednesday night.
The 20-year old Dundee United defender, on loan from Newcastle United, performed impressively during the first half at The Den in London as the Socceroos took a three-nil lead into the half-time break on his debut.
The former Melbourne Heart youngster, who sustained a hip flexor injury, was replaced by fellow debutant Alex Wilkinson with just over 20 minutes remaining when the scoreline read 3-2 to the Aussies and he admitted that he was gutted to see the side lose courtesy of an injury-time goal from Edison Mendez.
"We were brilliant first-half, all over the pitch, but in the second-half we conceded those two quick goals and with then sending off (of Mitch Langerak) it was tough for us," he said.
"On personal level, it was great to get to get my debut out of the way – and I felt really comfortable out there.
"It was unfortunate for me to pick up the injury (which could sideline the Dundee United centre back for two weeks) but hopefully that won't be too much of a setback.
"I was nervous in the build up to the game. Football is all about confidence and that grew with every minute I was out there.
"It was a compliment to me that Ange (Postecoglou) put his faith in me, especially as a younger player. It makes you believe in yourself that much more.
"But while we can take out the positives, at 3-0 up you don't lose football matches – that was what hurt but when it's ten men against eleven it's always really difficult."
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