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All Whites vs Australia: Player ratings

3:41PM Tuesday May 25, 2010

All Whites vs Australia: Player ratings

Mark Paston: Commanded his area well, and looked assured dealing with the many crosses that came his way. Made a great point blank save to deny Scott McDonald in the second half. Solid. 8.

Ryan Nelsen: Marshalled the defence superbly and thankfully stayed out of any injury trouble. Looked composed on the ball. Partly at fault for Australia's second in hanging back but was also the first and only defender to react to the danger. 9

Ivan Vicelich: Energetic display until forced off with injury. The presence of Winston Reid and Tommy Smith will keep the veteran on his toes. 7

Ben Sigmund: Wholehearted effort as always, though distribution a little awry. Exposed a bit for pace against Mexico in March and seems under threat from Reid. 7

Simon Elliot: Probably the stand out player in the first half as his crisp passing picked apart the Australian defence. The 35-year-old seemed to tire slighty in the second half and blazed a couple of long range shots wide off his weaker right foot. 8

Tim Brown: More of an attacking threat than in previous international matches with and unlucky not to score early on. Part of a midfield that looked very compact in the first half and his loss would be a huge blow. 7

Tony Lochead: Involved in some promising work down the left flank and always willing to get forward. Not particularly tested on Monday but was exposed defensively against Bahrain and this remains the major question mark. 7

Leo Bertos : The unlikely victim of some crude Australian challenges. Not completely comfortable in the wing-back role but must realise that is his best chance of a spot in the starting eleven. 7

Chris Killen: Finished his goal well and could have grabbed a brace. Combined well with Smeltz and Fallon and always willing to work. 8

Shane Smeltz: Provided a clever flick on for the Killen goal but the ball didn't really come his way after that. Remains the best natural goalscorer the All Whites have though one wonders how many chances will come his way in South Africa. 8

Rory Fallon: Didn't quite back up his pre-match talk with deeds, failing to put away the gilt edged chance late in the second half which could have sealed a famous win. Showed willingness to work and always an aerial threat though was often outmuscled by the ruthless Craig Moore.  7

Andy Boyens: Looked out of his depth last year against Spain in the Confederations Cup and hard to see how much has changed. Struggled with the late Australian onslaught and was most at fault for the late goal, drifting off his man for what turned out to be a fateful second. 5

Winston Reid: Strong in the tackle and assured on his international debut. Coped well playing in a variety of positions and will push hard for a starting spot in South Africa. 7

Tommy Smith : Picked up where he left off from an accomplished debut against Mexico. Adapted well to the wing-back role and sent over some lovely crosses from his cultured left foot. 8

Michael McGlinchey : The All Whites had gone into their defensive shell by the time the young midfielder came on. Busy as always but not quite the same attacking impact as he managed in Wellington. 7