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Standard, not height, key for Socceroos

AAP logoAAP 12/11/2016 Emma Kemp

The Socceroos say it's their relentless, high-pressure game that will help them topple winless World Cup qualifying foes Thailand - not a distinct height advantage.

Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang has bemoaned a lack of tall timber compared to the Australians who they'll meet in Tuesday's Group B match at Bangkok's Rajamangala National Stadium.

Almost all the Thai team are well under 180cm, with star playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin, known locally as 'Messi J', coming in shortest at 160cm.

But Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan says skill should win out in the end.

"I'd like to think our standard of football sets us apart the most from opposition," Ryan said.

"We want to starve our opposition of possession, be relentless and play a high-tempo, possession-based game.

"To me, that would be the main difference between us and them.

"Just because someone's tall and more physical, I guess in some ways it could help but in other ways it couldn't - having a lower sense of gravity could help them."

The Australian team will get their first proper look at Thailand on Saturday night in a video analysis session.

Ange Postecoglou's national squad have been in the hot and humid capital since Sunday for a week-long training camp rarely afforded to a side usually running on limited preparation time.

The focus so far has been reviewing last month's below-par 1-1 home draw with Japan.

That result, along with the prior 2-2 away stalemate with new Group B leaders Saudi Arabia, saw the undefeated Socceroos slip to second and looking for three points to wrap up the first half of the final phase.

"After the performances of the last two games we want to come back out and fix up a few things from the last international break," Ryan said.

"A few fundamentals we probably strayed away from a little bit too much.

"We want to get back to what we do well."

For playmaker Tom Rogic, that means employing Postecoglou's trademark attacking game.

The Socceroos conceded early goals in their last two matches and Rogic said it was crucial they're not left with another deficit to overcome.

"We approach every game in the same manner, which is to be dominant and control the match," he said.

"On Tuesday well look to do the same."

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