'We should have scored more'
Monday, 26 October, 2009
Hope Powell believes that England should have won by more than eight goals.
Nicholas Veevers in Blackpool
Hope Powell saw her team romp to an 8-0 victory over Malta on Sunday, but still felt the score margin should have been greater.
A Fara Williams treble, two from Jess Clarke and further goals from Faye White, Emily Westwood and Rachel Unitt helped England off to a winning start in their World Cup qualifying campaign, but Powell was more concerned about the chances missed.
"I think we would've liked more goals," Powell told TheFA.com.
"But the main thing is to get the three points and that was always the ultimate aim and is what we did.
"No disrespect to Malta but we always expected to win and it was arguably always going to be a high scoring game.
"8-0 sounds like a really big margin, but I think we should've scored more tonight.
"I think we missed more goals than we scored and it's been an area that we've been working on this week so I'm a little disappointed."
On a blustery day in Blackpool, England had to battle against the elements as well as a Maltese team determined to keep the scoreline down, but Powell felt her team handled the situation well and played some good football.
"They worked really hard to try and spoil our game and it was effective at times, but I think our experience was too much for them in the end," she added.
"It was important that we won the game though, so in terms of the campaign, it's three points in the bag."