Hope Powell reflects on England defeat against Nigeria
England women's coach Hope Powell remained upbeat after her side's 1-0 defeat against Nigeria at Carrow Road in front of an 8000 strong crowd - a record for a friendly international."I think they did very well in the first-half. From where I was sat it was good," she said.
The match was arranged as a warm-up for the vital World Cup qualifying play-off semi-final against Iceland, to be played over two legs in August and September, and Powell was confident that some lesson have been learned.
"We tried to put into practice a few new things we have tried in training and I think that happened. The match also gave us an opportunity to try a few players."
Nigeria provided a tough test, and the African Champions proved that they are a growing force in world football.
"It was a good contest and all credit to Nigeria," said Powell. "They were very physical, very strong and for the goal apparently there was an evident hand ball beforehand and our girls seemed to stop. But you have to play to the whistle so credit to Nigeria for continuing and getting a good goal.
"It was a good test for our girls and I think they rose to the challenge."
Although England failed to get onto the scoresheet, the coach remained confident in their ability to score goals.
"We scored four against Holland so no I'm not bothered," she said.
"We are missing Kelly Smith, which is a big hole to fill, and we've played the last two games and we haven't scored, so obviously it is something we need to look at."