Hope Powell was disappointed after her side suffered a last-minute 2-1 defeat by Russia in Bristol.
England Women's coach Hope Powell was disappointed after her side suffered a last-minute 2-1 defeat by Russia at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol.
Powell saw her side struggle against the Russians in the first half - and although Everton midfielder Fara Williams fired the home side in front, two goals from Russian substitute Natalia Barbachina settled the outcome.
"I would have been happy with a draw, even though we probably would not have deserved it,'' said Powell.
"They were better than we were in patches of the game.
"As a performance I thought ours was nothing better than average. In the first half we didn't look at the races, and that is just unacceptable.
"At half-time I think they realised it, and we did play better in the second half. You could see how disappointed the players were at the end because they thought they could get a draw.''
Powell admitted England badly missed a trio of key players - captain Faye White, top striker Kelly Smith and goalkeeper Rachel Brown.
"We did miss those three badly, although injuries can happen at any time - and we have to deal with it,'' she added.
Goalscorer Williams, whose spectacular left-foot volley fired over her shoulder put the home side in front, said: "That was probably my best goal so far for England, so I was happy with it - but not happy with the result, because I think we deserved a draw.
"It was a disappointing performance, and we can't blame it on a lack of matches because all the players have done pre-season with their respective clubs.''
England continue their preparations for next summer's European Championships with a game in Holland on 18 September.
"They are a good side, and that will be a big test for us,'' added Powell.