Reid piles pres­sure on Peru

The Press - - Sport - LIAM HYSLOP

Hud­son and Reid, it even sounds like a 1980s de­tec­tive duo. In this case, it was All Whites coach An­thony Hud­son and cap­tain Win­ston Reid, who put on their best good cop, bad cop rou­tine in Lima yes­ter­day at the pre-match press con­fer­ence for the sec­ond leg of their World Cup play­off against Peru.

Hud­son was the smil­ing, oblig­ing good cop, an­swer­ing a mul­ti­tude of ques­tions from lo­cal jour­nal­ists in his self-taught Span­ish, while Reid turned bad cop when a Peru jour­nal­ist sug­gested the All Whites didn’t have a good record away from home.

‘‘Well, you haven’t been to a World Cup for 30 years, have you?,’’ Reid fired back, call­ing out world No 10 Peru’s World Cup drought that stretches back to 1982.

Whether that was a bit of mind games or a sim­ple state­ment of fact, the message was clear: all the pres­sure will be on Peru at the Es­ta­dio Na­cional to­day.

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