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Osieck impressed with Australia's big win over Malaysia

Australian boss Holger Osieck was delighted to see his side put in an impressive shift in beating Malaysia on Friday night.

The Socceroos hammered the Malays 5-0 in a friendly in Canberra which is a lead-up to Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Oman in Sydney and the German tactician was extremely upbeat at the after-match.

"When you score an early goal and can move the ball pretty well, with a lot of pace, anybody who knows football, knows what kind of impact that has on the opponent," Osieck said after Luke Wilkshire netted early and then Josh Kennedy and Alex Brosque both scored doubles.

"They get scared, they get intimidated, they couldn't follow their game plan. At times they were running in circles and that was a product of our good play."

He added: "I wanted to try a couple of things within our team and it worked perfectly well. I got the confirmation today.

"Along with the tactical stuff, I think the boys who got the opportunity, in particular the younger ones in the second-half, they did pretty well.

"They showed they deserve to be part of our group. I'm pretty pleased by their attitude and their performance. They are good footballers, maybe they are not big names, but they can't be because they haven't got too much exposure here.

"I'm following everyone pretty closely and I know what I'm doing. I'm happy about those individual performances as well."

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