Hometown advantage should get the Socceroos past Honduras and on the road to Russia

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:05:48 AM. With far superior travel arrangements, a number of gun players coming back into the side and strong home support, Australia has all the weapons to overcome Honduras, writes Sam Kerr.
Photo: Despite very little game time in recent months, Jedinak was superb in the middle of the park in the first leg. (AP: Moises Castillo) The Socceroos are well on the way to Russia. At the start of the week you probably would have taken a 0-0 result away from home. But after watching the game in San Pedro Sula and all those shots that just missed or the keeper saved, you have to think we were a bit unlucky to not to be travelling back to Sydney a goal or two up. Photo: Sam Kerr says Australia will be fresher and enjoy the benefits of home support in Sydney. (AP: Gregory Bull) Most of the boys had above-average games. Not being biased as a Perth girl, but I thought Trent Sainsbury was solid as a rock. He is always so reliable in defence and he had an excellent game mopping up at the back. Mile Jedinak was a huge presence in midfield after playing minimal minutes in the past few months, and barely any international games. Under those the conditions, with that pressure and terrible state of the pitch, all the boys put in a good effort and the performance was hard to fault. Australian fans need to match brilliant Hondurans External Link: FENAFUTH tweet: Crowd in San Pedro Sula Aaron Mooy uploaded a video of the stadium in San Pedro Sula to Instagram 90 minutes before kick-off and it was full to the brim. The incredible atmosphere showed you how much World Cup qualification means to the Hondurans. It was very cool to see and I hope Sydney gets behind the boys in a similar...Read more
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