Skipper Mile Jedinak said UAE couldn't match Australia's fitness after the Socceroos' 2-0 win over UAE on Tuesday night.
Australia moved to 13 points in Group B with the 2-0 win over UAE to keep pressure on Japan and Saudi Arabia.
“To be honest, they ran out of legs,” Jedinak told Fox Sports
“They didn’t want to go for it. And we stuck at it.
"And we knew we’d get our opportunities in the end.”
“It was about calmness and staying composed," Jedinak added.
“And taking our opportunities when they came. We squandered a few chances and we may’ve got the second goal a little earlier but in the end the boys delivered tonight and that’s all I can ask.”
CONFIDENCE ON ROAD TO RUSSIA
“There’s still a lot of business to be done. We’ll take all the positives from this performance and look to build on it when we get back together in June.
“It’s a credit to everyone after the trip to Iran (to face Iraq last week). I’m very, very proud of everyone tonight.
“We knew if we’d be a bit more patient (in the first half) and just taking a bit more care of the ball. That was what we were reminded of at half time. And in the end we did that.”
IRVINE BLOSSOMING UNDER ANGE
Burton Albion's Jackson Irvine smashed home Australia’s opener in over UAE, backing up an excellent starting debut the previous week against Iraq.
“Jackson was outstanding,” Postecoglou told Fox Sports after the win.
“And Jimmy Troisi was fantastic. And at the back we were really dominant.”