Goalscorer Shane Smeltz insists New Zealand must not get carried away despite yesterday's famous victory over fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers Serbia.

Smeltz scored the only goal midway through the first half as the All Whites upset a side 63 places above them in the FIFA/Coca-Cola world rankings.

And he said: "It's great to get a win over a nation like Serbia who some are saying are dark horses for the World Cup. We'll take some confidence from it obviously, but we won't be getting carried away."

It's always been about performance for us, but a win like this over a top-class nation like Serbia is a great bonus.

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert focused on his side's impressive performance, and picked out a number of his less experienced players for special praise. "It's always been about performance for us, but a win like this over a top-class nation like Serbia is a great bonus," he said.

"We made four changes and I thought Tommy Smith and Winston Reid, who only have three caps between them, did extremely well at the back alongside the captain [Ryan Nelsen]," the coach went on.

"Jeremy Christie came into midfield and did well and Chris Wood in his first start against a big team was outstanding."