Forget about any tactical shifts from Australia in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off with Honduras.
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8 Nov 2017 - 3:44 PM  UPDATED 8 Nov 2017 - 3:44 PM

Key Socceroos say coach Ange Postecoglou's all-action physical, pressing and possession game will be in effect in San Pedro Sula.

And it means sticking with three at the back.

In 11 matches since shedding the four-man defence, Australia have kept just one clean sheet, and none in the past nine.

More conservative tacticians than Postecoglou have called for the return of the traditional back four in San Pedro Sula, where 'Los Catrachos' are strongest.

Honduras' home record - with just four losses in 25 home qualifiers this decade - has provided the basis for them reaching the last two World Cups.

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But bowing to the opposition's style isn't in Australia's playbook under Postecoglou, and goalkeeper Mat Ryan says they aren't about to change now.

"We'll come out and stick to our fundamentals," he said.

"We'll spend the next couple of days to educate ourselves as much as we can on (Honduras') strengths and weaknesses and what we need to do in this next game."

Ryan McGowan said the team didn't want "different plans for different places", but did suggest they want tactical redemption.

"Anyone that's ever met the boss knows there's no backward steps ... it doesn't matter who we play or where we play, we're going to take the game to them," he said.

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"It will be quite fitting for us to hopefully go out there and show everyone that those three years that we have been talking the talk ... when the pressure comes to it and it's the big occasion that we go out and do it and have a World Cup to look forward to."

Their comments suggest Australia are banking on taking at least one away goal home from San Pedro Sula.

Suggesting a fitness advantage - that might be boosted by the Socceroos' charter flight home - Ryan said Australia would look to work over Honduras.

"We're a possession-based football team; we want to starve the opposition of the ball," he said. "We want to be relentless and get at them.

"One of our fundamentals is keeping the ball in play as long as we can ... keeping the ball and moving the opposition around.

"The extra running that we make them do here can perhaps tire them quicker in that second game."