Aaron Mooy ‘angry’ after being dropped by Ange Postecoglou remains defiant

AARON Mooy’s omission made him angry and caused pandemonium amongst Socceroos fans wondering how the side’s highest profile player was being left out of the side’s highest profile game.

“You’ve just got to get on with it, I don’t make the decisions,” Mooy said afterwards. “I have to try my best when I play. Of course I was angry I wasn’t playing but every player should be angry if they’re not.”

Like Harry Kewell in 2005 against Uruguay, and Tim Cahill in 2006 against Japan at the World Cup, Mooy channelled his anger into influencing proceedings when he came on.

But it was a lot earlier than anyone expected.

His arrival into the contest after 11 minutes thanks to Brad Smith’s injury enlivened the green and gold, with his passing range engaging both wingbacks, his movement and interplay thriving with Tom Rogic and his workrate and industry the signs of a player determined to prove a point.