Reid piles pressure on Peru
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.