It’s always good when a Newcastle player does well, and Curtis Good last night did himself no harm at all last night with an excellent debut for Australia at the New Den in Milwall, as Australia raced to a 3-0 half time lead.
Curtis Good - in action last night in London
Good got a surprise call-up for Australia for their game against Ecuador last night, and the former Melbourne Heart player started the game and was only replaced after 68 minutes, after he had picked up a slight hip injury, and at that time Australia were 3-2 up, after being 3-0 ahead at the break.
But substitute goalkeeper Mitch Langerak was sent off for a crude challenge just 13 minutes into the second half, so that didn’t help Australia’s cause, and Ecuador scored four goals in the second hald to win the game..
Unfortunately the player who replaced the 20 year-old Newcastle defender, Wilkinson, was at fault for Ecuador’s winning goal, when he was caught in possession, when two minutes into added time.
Australia played the best football they’ve played for a long time in that first half, with two goals from former Everton star Tim Cahill, who is now at the New York Red Bulls.
Good was the youngest player on the field at just 20, and played alongside Matt Spriranovic, and both players put in solid performances, and it could be that former captain Lucas Neill is now less likely to make the World Cup squad, as manager Postecoglou builds for the future with younger players.
The Australian press reported before the game that this was probably the strongest side Australia could field, so that augers well for Good’s chances of making the Australian squad for the World Cup.
And Australia manager Ange Postecoglou thought Good was fantastic last night:
“I thought Curtis was excellent,” “He’s one of the ones we wanted to expose at the highest level. and he was fantastic.”
“He’s only 20 years old, he’s only played a handful of senior games, let alone internationals, but you can’t tell me he’s not going to learn by playing against the likes of the players who played tonight.”
“For the most part he was what I expected, he was composed, he made good clear decisions. He’s going to better for it.”
Of course Dundee United will not be too pleased with the player picking up an injury, although it’s said to be only slight, and he could make Dundee United’s next game next Wednesday at home to St. Johnstone.
The future for Curtis looks good – very good indeed.
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