It was not the afternoon that many Matildas fans had hoped for.
Saturday’s performance was an unusual display by a team that has won so many fans through their enthusiastic and dynamic style of attacking football. While the first half saw the Matildas control possession and create chances, the second half was not as inspiring.
“We probably lost our way in the second half in terms of keeping control of the game and possession of the game,” Stajcic said.
“Again, I think it was possibly a combination of the heat and the scoreboard pressure and we just lost our way; that’s something that needs to improve within our mentality, we can’t let an element of the game affect or distract us as much as what it did in Penrith.
“I don’t care whether we’re playing Chile or Thailand or America or Brazil or Japan, we’re gonna go out and try to win every moment. We don’t play for a draw, we don’t sit back, we’re an aggressive team, we’re an attacking team, we have that mindset and that will be the same case tomorrow night. I think that’s why the general public in Australia have gravitated towards supporting our team, because they can see those characteristics within our team and within our players.”
In preparation for the re-match against Chile in Newcastle on Tuesday night, Stajcic was clear that the team’s focus will be on their own performance.
“We have to be better at both ends of the park. We did gift those two or three goals away, and then when we had our chances we definitely didn’t capitalise,” he said.
“Some of our crossing was poor, some of our decision-making in the penalty box in finding the spare player was poor, and unless that improves we’re not going to beat anyone. It’s not something you can address overnight, but it is something that we’re focused on and looking at ways to improve.
“We need to keep backing ourselves and playing the way we know how to play, playing the way we want to play, playing the Australian way.”
Australia take on Chile at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday (November 13) night at 7:30pm.