All Whites interim head coach Darren Bazeley says his players will learn from their 4-1 loss to Sweden.
“They (the players) are disappointed with the result. We don’t feel like it’s a 4-1,” Bazeley said after the match on Saturday (NZT).
Bazeley said Sweden had proved how good they were at transitioning from defence to attack and the All Whites would have learned from that.
“We knew that they were a really strong transition team, a very effective team, with players who can hurt you in those moments.
“We got caught playing a certain style of football in the wrong areas at the wrong time but it’s something we need to learn from.”
Sweden punished New Zealand with three goals in a seven-minute spell before half-time, launching attacks with speed and clinical finishing.
Till then, Bazeley thought his side had done well.
“I thought there were some really good moments in the game for us. For 35, nearly 40 minutes of the first half, I thought we were very good.
“We scored a great goal. We started brightly, had a lot of good possession spells, created some good chances.
“Then we got hurt.”