Butt braced for further dogged defences at AFC Women's Asian Cup

Attacking midfielder Tameka Butt says the Westfield Matildas will learn from their 0-0 draw with Korea Republic as they come to grips with negating tactics.

Australia's first 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup opponents - who are considered among the trophy contenders - adopted a highly circumspect approach in a game of fine margins at King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman.

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Korea Republic sat deep to absorb a speedy front three spearheaded by Sam Kerr, a tactic Butt expects will be commonplace.

"They mentioned before the game they had been working on physicality because they saw it as a threat," Butt told FFA TV.

"They definitely did well to nullify our attacking strengths and really make it difficult for us to break them down.

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"It was a difficult match in that sense.

"I think a lot of the Asian teams will cater for [our speed] and probably sit a bit deeper like South Korea did today.

"It's something we need to work on in training in the next few days to try to break down."

Sam Kerr
Sam Kerr was closely watched during the stalemate.

Japan's earlier 4-0 win over Vietnam means Australia have ground to make up over the next two matches if they're to top Group B.

Butt believes there is plenty of time remaining to leave a big imprint on a tournament that doubles as FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying.

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"We definitely wanted to go out and win as you do every game," she said.

"It's important to make your mark in the first game in a tournament.

"At the same time, we didn't lose so we've only got to go forward in the next few games and hopefully keep making our stamp on the tournament."