"There are a lot of positives. I thought the first five to 10 minutes of the first half were good then the longer the first half went on I thought we started decreasing our tempo,” he said.

“We started playing to their tempo rather than keeping our own.

“Every player had a run, no injuries which is another positive, good scoreline but I know we have so much more in us,” Stajcic said.

The game against Thailand was one of the final matches for the Matildas before they head to Jordan for the Asian Cup but unlike the past two tournaments, there is a different feeling this time around.

“The team we have has the potential to win it so if anything there is a bit more pressure to win than in the past where it was pressure to qualify,” Lisa De Vanna said.

"So it is a little bit of a different mentality.

“With expectation comes pressure and we’ve been there so many times so I'm quite confident when we play South Korea in that first game we will be ready to go,” she said.

The last two Asian Cups have seen Australia make the final with the 2010 tournament seeing them lift the trophy after Kyah Simon scored the winning goal in the penalty shootout against North Korea.

Unfortunately, the 2014 edition saw Japan lift their first ever Asian Cup trophy after a first half goal.

While Australia was among the highest ranked sides at those tournaments, they have never really had the pressure on them to perform and qualification for the World Cup had been their goal.

However, four years on there have been changes in the Matildas side.

They are now the highest ranked Asian nation in the world and no longer go into tournaments as the underdogs. They are there as real contenders and are feared by other teams.

“I think we are a chance for sure,” Stajcic said.

“There are four to five genuine contenders there; Japan, South Korea and China are obviously very good teams as well. Thailand and Vietnam are emerging and Jordan are as well but if we play to our capacity then I’m confident.

“It is up to our team to show consistency,” he said.

The Matildas take on South Korea in their first group match of the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan.