Bailey Wright for the Socceroos and Monaem Khan Raju for Bangladesh during the World Cup qualifier match between Australia and Bangladesh at NIB Stadium in Perth, Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. Australia won the match 5-0.
Bailey Wright for the Socceroos and Monaem Khan Raju for Bangladesh during the World Cup qualifier match between Australia and Bangladesh at NIB Stadium in Perth, Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. Australia won the match 5-0. AAP Image - Tony McDonough

Tajikistan test not easy, says Wright

BAILEY Wright had an easy ride on his first international outing on home soil last week against Bangladesh, but the Preston North End defender is expecting a tougher test in Tajikistan tonight.

The hosts might only have one point to show from two games on the road in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers, but with a volatile crowd in Dushanbe, plus an artificial surface, Wright knows the Socceroos will not have it all their own way as they did in last week's 5-0 success.

"The artificial pitch plays a lot different to grass, we know that," said Wright, who played 90 minutes in Perth against Bangladesh.

"It won't affect how we want to play, though. We will have the same style and game plan as we do with any game."

The Socceroos have already faced neigbouring Kyrgyzstan in a World Cup qualifier away from home, and came away with a win.

Wright said that experience would put them in good stead to get another positive result.

"It was tough conditions (in Kyrgyzstan) and I am sure it won't be any different here," he said.

"We will have to show them respect and make sure we are on top of our game.

"When you come to places like this, it throws up a different challenge. You have to be prepared mentally and physically to overcome that.

"I am confident we can but we have to do it in the right way."

Wright could have a different partner after Matthew Spiranovic missed the first training session with illness, with Alex Wilkinson the likely replacement.


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