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All Whites deserved win vs USA, says coach

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/10/2016 Angelo Risso

All Whites boss Anthony Hudson feels his side deserved more from their draw against USA after dominating large stretches of the match.

A 72nd-minute maiden strike to Ipswich Town youngster Monty Patterson salvaged a 1-1 result for New Zealand after a stirring and high-octane display.

The side, ranked 88th in the world, frequently outplayed their much-fancied opponents and successfully replicated the high-pressing system seen against Mexico.

A period of USA mid-match dominance was bookended by solid stretches of Kiwi superiority at the beginning and end of the match.

Returning defenders Winston Reid and Andrew Durante looked assured at the back, while Michael McGlinchey pulled strings in the midfield.

Patterson and strike partner Chris Wood had also impressed up front.

Hudson said his side had learned a great deal from their encounters against Mexico and USA, and were moving in the right direction.

His outfit had successfully adopted a more intense style after a series of languid performances in their Oceania Nations Cup victory in June.

"It was a really good performance and I think there's some players who are a little bit disappointed we didn't win," Hudson said.

The All Whites came out of the blocks promisingly in Washington, with a Wood snapshot forcing a parry from USA keeper William Yarbrough.

However the tide quickly turned after USA opened the scoring against the run of play in the 27th minute.

Bayern Munich winger Julian Green collected the ball on the left flank, cut past Kiwi wingback Liam Graham and rifled a shot past keeper Stefan Marinovic.

The Unterhaching No.1 will be disappointed with his effort, standing rooted to the spot as the ball fizzed past him at the near post.

New Zealand almost hit back quickly through Wood, but the chance belied the fact that the US were gaining a stronger foothold in the contest.

Newcastle United's Deandre Yedlin struck straight at Marinovic after being played into the area, before Michael Orozco wasted another chance.

With the second half beginning at 1-0, New Zealand were forced to come out of their shell in order to earn a result.

A good spell of Kiwi possession was ably handled by the US, before a 60th minute Patterson effort was screwed high and wide due to a ball bobble.

However the young gun eventually got his goal in the 72nd minute after a McGlinchey corner was nodded down by defender Michael Boxall into his path.

The side then dominated the closing 20 minutes as they searched in vain for an opening to score.

They will now look ahead to their November World Cup qualifiers against New Caledonia and March qualifiers against Fiji.

"We have one year to prepare for our final stages of the World Cup qualifiers," Hudson said.

"All of us in our camp were very pleased and proud, and we know we're moving on the right track."

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