Ange Postecoglou feels the Socceroos are growing into their World Cup qualification campaign as they prepare for their biggest test against Jordan in Amman on Friday morning (AEDT).
The green and gold are three from three so far on the road to Russia 2018 to sit atop their group but face a tough challenge against the second-placed Jordanians.
“We’ve made steady progress which has been pleasing,” Postecoglou told FFA TV.
“When the draw was made and I had a look at it, we had three out of our first four away, two of them to places we have never been to before.
“Obviously coming here to Amman, to Jordan, knowing how difficult that is it was pretty important we got off to a good start both from a results perspective and performances.
“We’ve grown into it. Our first game against Kyrgyzstan was our most rusty of the lot but since then the last two have been pretty good and hopefully there will be more improvement to come.”
The last time Australia visited Jordan they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat and the players that remain from that night still talk about it as one of the most hostile atmospheres they have ever played in.
But Postecoglou believes that memory will have no impact on this clash and denies is the biggest challenge facing his side so far.
“When you look back to our first game in Kyrgyzstan, in retrospect that was a bigger test than people expected because of the timing of it,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s any challenge greater than any other. It’s more about us and our growth.
“What we’re looking for is progress from the last camp. We had two positive performances but there’s still plenty to improve on from those and that’s what we’ll be looking for against Jordan.”