Michael Vaughan (England captain) "Shane Bond bowled very well."
He was disappointed to "have lost 4 wickets in such a short space of time against very good opposition like New Zealand" but was, in the circumstances,happy with how Nixon and Plunkett "fought and scraped their way back into the game." He said "at 130 (runs) for 3 (wickets) we were looking like getting 230 to 250 (runs) which would have taken us to where we wanted to be."
"We have to make sure we win the next two games (Canada and Kenya) to reach the Super 8's. I think it's a good thing we play so soon. We know the conditions here now. We've got to come out and iwn on Sunday."
Asked if any players would be brought into the side for Sunday's match against Canada, Vaughan said "We will be picking our best eleven players to beat Canada. We've got to make sure we win that game. We're not going to give anyone a game."
Stephen Fleming (New Zealand captain) said:
"It was a nervy performance. It was a great relief to get the 2 points in the bank. It was a tense day."
Asked about the pitch, he said "130 for 3 reflects an OK pitch" and of his team's early position of 19 for 3, "It was a poor top-order display."
He paid tribute to Shane Bond's bowling, especially the use of his slower ball. "Today it was ideal to get Pietersen and Flintoff. Bond on that pitch - he's known for being fast, but showed a good change of pace. We made a change of tactics to bring him back early" (just after Collingwood was out at 130-4. Pietersen and Flintoff fell in the next over from Bond, the 36th.
Asked if this match was revenge for not reaching the final of the Commonwealth Bank series in Australis, he said "The sides are very even. We're happy to have beaten a good side."
"We're going to do the right work for the next two games. We won't be underestimating the opposition. We'll review the footage but it's not as available as for other (ICC Test-playing/Full Member) teams."
New Zealand meets Kenya next Tuesday.
Scott Styris (Man-of-the-Match) was asked what he thought about batting after the loss of early wickets. "My aim was just to bat, really. We thought the only way they could win was if we were bowled out."