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Hudson happy with All Whites win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/05/2016

Coach Anthony Hudson has expressed satisfaction with the All Whites' opening match of the Oceania Nations Cup, saying it was all about getting a win.

The tournament favourites beat Fiji 3-1 in Port Moresby, with goals from Themi Tzimopoulos, Rory Fallon and skipper Chris Wood.

Wood's strike came from the penalty spot, as did Fiji's goal, which captain Roy Krishna converted just before halftime to bring his side back to 2-1.

"Today was all about getting a win," Hudson said.

"It was important that we got a win here and they caused us problems, especially Krishna. We know all about him, he's a great player."

He said he was pleased with the unity and resilience that the All Whites showed in getting past Fiji.

Hudson handed debuts to four players - defenders Luke Adams and Kip Colvey, and midfielders Monty Patterson and Luka Prelevic.

New Zealand next match is against Vanuatu at the same venue on Tuesday in the second of three rounds of pool play in the eight-team tournament.

Krishna felt Fiji were unlucky not get something out to the game.

The Wellington Phoenix striker, who was a threat up front, rued the fact that his side failed to make more of their chances, saying the All Whites had two in the opening half and scored from both.

"The result didn't go our way but I'm proud of my boys," he said.

"I know I scored one but it wasn't enough. If we'd won, it would have been a happy ending but it's football and we move on."

In the other Pool B match on Saturday, the Solomon Islands beat Vanuatu 1-0 with a first-half goal from Jerry Donga.

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