Lessons learned says Powell
Team GB Women 0-0 Sweden
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough FC
4pm, Friday 20 July 2012
Hope Powell believes her Team GB side will have learned some valuable lessons ahead of the Olympic Games as they drew 0-0 with Sweden in their final warm-up match before the tournament.
Team GB came closest to scoring at the Riverside when Rachel Yankey crashed a shot against the post in the second-half.
But Powell was pleased with the work-out ahead of next Wednesday's opening game against New Zealand.
“It was a very good contest so I'm pleased about that,” she said. “I think we were a little nervous in the first-half. We played some good stuff in the second-half although the changes disrupted it.
“It was an even contest, we had opportunities and so did they. We didn't lose the game and lessons learnt so it will give us a barometer to work with – and we know we have work to do.
“It's a new squad working together so we have to be pleased, a draw against the bronze medallists in the last World Cup can't be too bad.”
And Powell admitted she has a tough job on her hands to select a starting line-up for the game against New Zealand.
She added: “Everybody has put themselves in a good position to start. We have to see their fitness, but it's great we have depth in the team and there is a lot of choice.
“It makes it difficult for me but can we can bring players on with quality and hopefully we will go well.”