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My finishing wasn't good enough: Wood

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017

A clinical finisher for the last 12 months, All Whites skipper Chris Wood says his radar went askew at exactly the wrong time for his country.

Prolific striker Wood put New Zealand ahead soon before halftime in the 2-1 Confederations Cup loss to Mexico in Sochi but admits he spurned a hatful of other chances.

The 25-year-old did well to create space for himself throughout the match but muffed two good chances in each half, either through a poor first touch or a mis-timed shot.

Mexico made the All Whites pay with two smartly-taken goals in the second spell, denying what Wood said could have been a famous upset.

"Well, we had the chances and at the end of the day you have to take them against good sides like this," he said.

"They didn't have many but they were a bit more clinical than us. That's what let us down."

Classy New Zealand midfielder Ryan Thomas came close to a late equaliser when his curling shot struck the crossbar but Wood wasn't looking beyond himself for blame.

The second-tier England Championship's leading goal-scorer with 27, scoring once again on a big international stage, couldn't hide his disappointment.

"Of course it's nice but I should have probably had two more.

"I'm a bit disappointed with that but I'll pick myself up and go again. We'll come out even stronger."

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