All Whites on track for World Cup: Hudson

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson is playing the long game as he re-sets the All Whites for the second leg of their World Cup play-off against Peru.

All Whites in scoreless World Cup playoff draw with Peru

All Whites in scoreless World Cup playoff draw with Peru

The home side kept their hopes of making next year's tournament in Russia alive with a gritty 0-0 draw in Wellington on Saturday in front of a sell-out 37,000-strong crowd.

The tie will be decided when the two sides meet again in Lima on Thursday.

Despite missing main strike weapon Chris Wood with a hamstring injury for all but the last 15 minutes, the All Whites played with confidence and composure to keep 10th-ranked Peru scoreless.

They almost snatched a win with less than five minutes remaining when Ryan Thomas let fly from outside the box with a scorcher which glanced off the upright.

Hudson said that while the result was satisfying, particularly given the Kiwis kept a clean sheet, the job was only half done.

"It's an incredibly good result for us, but we're not in a position to be settling on that," he said afterwards.

"The mindset is we've achieved nothing, and we want to go to Russia.

"A clean sheet was the most important thing for us. But it's not 90 minutes, it's 180, and we have to be in the game in the last 10-15 minutes in Lima."

Hudson said it was pleasing to see the effect Wood had on the game when he replaced Clayton Lewis in the 74th minute, particularly given the lingering effects of his injury.

"We've been nursing him back since he came back from England - it's not something we wanted to promote to the world," he said.

"It was a day-by-day thing, and we planned it this way in terms of minutes, but were confident he can start the next game."

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca was reasonably happy.

"The game was tough, we played against a very good side, a very well-organised side," he said through an interpreter.

"We deserved a little bit more. We had control of the game and we could have scored."

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