Smeltz staying grounded

By 30 May 2010 11:38

Goalscorer Shane Smeltz insists New Zealand must not get carried away despite Saturday's famous victory over fellow World Cup qualifiers Serbia.

Smeltz scored the only goal midway through the first half as the All Whites upset a side 63 places above them in FIFA's world rankings.

And he said: "It's great to get a win over a nation like Serbia who some are saying are dark horses for the World Cup. We'll take some confidence from it obviously, but we won't be getting carried away."

The clash in Klagenfurt, Austria was disrupted by disturbances in the Serbian section of the crowd, with stand-in captain Nemanja Vidic forced to calm his side's fans to ensure the game was completed.

But New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert was focused on his side's impressive performance, and picked out a number of his less experienced players for special praise.

"It's always been about performance for us, but a win like this over a top-class nation like Serbia is a great bonus," he said.

"We made four changes and I thought Tommy Smith and Winston Reid, who only have three caps between them, did extremely well at the back alongside the captain [Ryan Nelsen].

"Jeremy Christie came into midfield and did well and Chris Wood in his first start against a big team was outstanding."

Source: PA

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