‘We got the win, I think we thoroughly deserved the win. We dominated clearly and we should have won the game by a bigger margin and more convincingly … we needed to apply a lot more scoreboard pressure.”
Still, he was pleased that his team created chances from possession, in transition, on the break and on both flanks while keeping a clean sheet.
He was adamant that with more match play his side would be better, given that most of his players are in the middle of pre-season before the W-League kicks off this weekend.
“November for us is the most difficult period. When did every player last play competitive football?
“Overall we were in control … and we didn’t sit back, we held the ball really well in the last 10 or 15 minutes, we didn’t do that in Sydney … I thought we looked in control.”
Despite her two recent penalty misses, Kerr will remain the spot-kick taker for the team, Milicic said.
“Sam is confident, she’s captain and if she wants to take it, she will take it. It becomes a feeling thing during the game and she is a player I am sure who will want to step up again.”
Had Kerr converted on that occasion the pressure would have been off and the floodgates just might have opened, as the Matildas had the vast bulk of possession and dominated territorially in front of more than 10,000 fans, delighted to see perhaps the nation’s most popular team in South Australia for the first time in 13 years.
Still, Australia will go into their Olympic qualifiers against Chinese Taipei, Thailand and China in confident mood.
The Matildas’ power and athleticism – which gave them a marked advantage over Chile – will stand them in good stead in Asia.
Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and also reports on motor sport and horseracing