Head Coach Brian Eastick gives his video verdict on Wednesday's win.
Rose 40, Ranger 85
UEFA European U19 Championship
Elite Qualifying Round
7pm, Wednesday 27 May 2009
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
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Head Coach Brian Eastick spoke in the build-up to Wednesday’s game with Bosnia-Herzegovina of the importance of making a winning start if qualification for the European Championship Finals was to be accomplished.
The Young Lions did just that too, as goals from Danny Rose and Nile Ranger proved enough to secure three points and a perfect start for Eastick.
“It’s a case of job done and I think we deserved to win the game,” said Eastick after the game.
“We played some very good football up to the edge of their box but they made it difficult and had numbers behind the ball, played narrow and looked to get us on the break.
“We kept going though and made the breakthrough with what I thought as our first really good delivery into the box.
“I was generally a bit disappointed with our set piece delivery, because we’ve looked dangerous in training but we didn’t transfer that to the game.”
It was two headed goals which won the game for England, firstly through Danny Rose who put in a stunning leap to guide home Nathan Delfouneso’s cross in the first half before Nile Ranger climbed highest to glance home a Victor Moses free kick in the latter stages of the second half.
“It was a great leap by Danny for his goal, but he’s a terrific athlete and he’s enjoying his football again after missing a lot of the season,” added Eastick.
“And Nile deserved his goal too because I thought he led the line well.”
The win means that England top the table by virtue of goal difference with Scotland beating Slovakia by 2-1 at Bramall Lane, meaning Friday’s clash with the Slovakians at Valley Parade on Friday takes on more significance now as they will be intent on getting a victory to enhance their chances of progression.
Eastick is well aware of the challenge ahead though and feels his squad will be prepared for the game.
“It was a difficult game tonight for a variety of reasons tonight, but we’ve got the win and now we have to move on,” he said.
“Scotland beat Slovakia in the other game and we play them next, but I suspected we would have to win all three games anyway and that looks to be the case.”