Matil­das urged to dom­i­nate

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - EMMA KEMP

ALEN Sta­j­cic has thrown down the gaunt­let, urg­ing the Matil­das to re­dis­cover their cus­tom­ary dom­i­nance against Chile seven months out from the most com­pet­i­tive Women’s World Cup yet.

Warn­ing against un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the “tech­ni­cally su­perb” world No.39 South Amer­i­cans, the na­tional team coach drew at­ten­tion to a re­cent slip in Aus­tralia’s on-field supremacy dur­ing last month’s away friendlies against France and Eng­land.

In­jury and ill­ness were mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors in the 2-0 loss and 1-1 draw, but to­day’s clash in Pen­rith and Tues­day’s re­match in New­cas­tle present a prime op­por­tu­nity to bounce back in front of home crowds.

“We prob­a­bly in the last few matches haven’t con­trolled matches like we have done be­fore,” Sta­j­cic said.

“Re­gard­less of our re­sults, the last three or four years we’ve tended to dom­i­nate al­most ev­ery match, but in the last two or three we haven’t.

“So we want to get back to the level where we know, when we dom­i­nate, the re­sult al­most al­ways goes in our favour.

“That means be­ing able to keep the ball bet­ter, im­prov­ing our pass­ing and sup­port. I thought we were pretty poor in some of those areas against France and Eng­land.

“We didn’t have the rhythm, and this will be a great op­por­tu­nity for us to start dom­i­nat­ing ev­ery game again.”

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