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Although Lithuania hasn't won in more than 600 days, All Whites coach Danny Hay predicts a physical battle, when the two teams meet on Monday (NZ time).
A brave display from a young All Whites side wasn't enough to overcome the Republic of Ireland in the international football friendly in Dublin on Friday.
There was a chance it could have all gone pear-shaped for the All Whites against the Republic of Ireland, as Danny Hay handed first caps to three youngsters, one of whom has never played professionally, and encouraged his team to play a positive brand of football.
He was delighted to see him score on his international debut, but Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay wants young star Callum McCowatt held back from New Zealand's next match against Lithuania.
The All Whites' new direction under Danny Hay was clear to see on Thursday night (Friday NZT) in Dublin, even as they lost 3-1 to the Republic of Ireland at Aviva Stadium.
The winless Wellington Phoenix are rooted to the bottom of the A-League ladder five games into the tenure of new manager Ufuk Talay, but he remains positive because of the quality of the team’s football.
All Whites defender Winston Reid has joked that his wife wants to "kill him", as he prepares to captain New Zealand against the Republic of Ireland in Dubin on Friday (NZ time).
"Bahrain. Rory Fallon. Yeah," was how one of the new All Whites put it this week, summing up the events of November 14, 2009, in four simple words.
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