Cards not a factor says Moore
Veteran defender Craig Moore has said the Socceroos will continue to play their usual game against Croatia despite a number of players being on yellow cards going into the match.
Veteran defender Craig Moore has said the Socceroos will continue to play their usual game against Croatia despite a number of players being on yellow cards.
If Australia can draw or win against Croatia in the final match of Group F on Friday morning they will make history in qualifying for the second round of the World Cup.
Moore, who is one of six Australian players on yellow cards going into the match, said he will not be thinking about the consequences, if he happens to pick up another yellow card in the match.
"You can-t really let it play on your mind to be honest," Moore said.
"I will go out to try and play my normal game and not really think about, if I get another yellow card that this could be my last game.
"There are so many different scenarios that could actually happen, you focus on the job and you go out and play your normal game.
"It-s a bit hard to go out and tell Vinnie Grella he-s not allowed to tackle, as that-s the strong part of his game.
"Myself as a defender as well, there are going to be situations where I think you have to be clever, but its definitely something that I will not go into the game thinking about."
Croatia-s biggest problem so far in the tournament has been the inability to convert chances and one of the key players for them in this area is Dado Prso, a former teammate of Moore-s at Rangers in Scotland.
"I played with Dado (Prso) at Rangers. He-s a big awkward customer, but knows where the goals are. He-s not only proved that at international level with Croatia but also at Rangers and Monaco.
"Fortunately I know a little bit about him and he will be desperate to get on the score sheet no doubt. Our job is to keep him quiet and hopefully we-ll be the ones smiling in the end."
Asked what it would mean to him to make it through to the second round of the World Cup, Moore said: "It will be massive."
"Normally at this time of the year, ourselves as Australian players have been on holidays watching such a tournament. So, one, to be involved, and secondly, to have a real possibility of going through to the second round, it-s huge.
"We-re not here to make up the numbers. We-re very ambitious and want to be here as long as we possibly can."