Anthony Hudson has been a man under pressure for a few months now. Since taking over the New Zealand National team managerial job in 2014, the Brit has been trying to get a major competitor victory under the belt. New Zealand have been without a win for almost 2 years.
The last victory tasted by the team was back in September 2013 when a narrow 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia is fondly recalled. Even though Ricki Herbert helped the national team qualify for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, he was soon replaced by Hudson due to a poor run of results.
The victory marks an important progression for the New Zealand national team, as Hudson used four debutants in this victory. The progression of youngsters like Henry Cameron is an important element in the success of any national team. Featuring for the national teams will help these young players to get much more attention when it comes to club football. This will indirectly help the national team once again. Hudson was happy with the performance of all his players and the team can now look forward to a good start to 2016. The 1-0 win over Oman was down to a solitary goal from Leeds United striker Chris Woods.
“It was a big performance because we only had a couple of days on the training pitch.I think the key was us trying to progress what we were doing, but also having a real basic game plan to stay in the game as long as possible because we knew coming here against team unbeaten at home it was going to be very tough. Overall I’m very pleased with the performance. I think one or two of our players have probably got their chance a little bit sooner because we’ve had a lot of injuries,” said Hudson.