The All Whites coach say there was undoubted benefits in having European based professionals Ryan Nelsen and Simon Elliott involved in last night's 3-1 win against New Caledonia.
The victory in Noumea has earned Ricki Herbert's national side a place in next year's prestigious Confederations Cup in South Africa and further World Cup qualifying action.
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Herbert says he'll make few changes if any for this Wednesday's return match against New caledonia in Auckland.