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Maclaren backed to fire by Roos' skipper

Jamie Maclaren has now made eight appearances for the Socceroos without a goal but Mark Milligan believes success will come for the striker.

Maclaren backed to fire by Roos' skipper

Jamie Maclaren has now made eight appearances for the Socceroos without a goal but Mark Milligan believes success will come for the striker.

JAMIE MACLAREN of the Roar celebrates after scoring in the penalty shootout during the A-League Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
JAMIE MACLAREN of the Roar celebrates after scoring in the penalty shootout during the A-League Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Picture:Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Handed the chance to lead Australia's attack in their Asian Cup opener against Jordan, striker Jamie Maclaren drew another blank in a Socceroos jersey.

Despite playing a full 90 minutes for the first time at international level Maclaren has now made eight appearances without a goal for the national team.


The 25-year-old was often isolated in the underwhelming Socceroos display, regularly being forced to play with his back to goal against a packed Jordanian defence.

Maclaren did find the back of the net in the dying minutes of the 1-0 defeat, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Socceroos skipper Mark Milligan, who plays with Maclaren at Scottish Premiership club Hibernian, has no doubt the goals will come but it will take better support from those around him.

"He's still quite fresh to the Socceroos scene, he hasn't had a great deal of starts and I think for a striker that's important as well," Milligan said.

"In the second half I thought he made some very nice movements and runs around the box.

"It definitely will come from Macca, because his movement in and around the box is very good but he needs to receive better delivery from us."

Maclaren was included in the starting XI after Andrew Nabbout was ruled out due to a groin injury picked up on the eve of the match.

Whether Nabbout returns for Friday's second group match against Palestine in Dubai or coach Graham Arnold sticks with Maclaren, Milligan says finding goals from any source are crucial to Australia's hopes of retaining their Asian Cup title.

"If you score, what does a team do that wants to sit in against you?," Milligan said.

"We need to make sure we start well and create chances, because when you're doing that you're able to change the mentality of the opposition as well."

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