Kenny Swain pleased with performance as well as result against Wales in Victory Shield
England U16s 1-0 Wales U16s
The Sky Sports Victory Shield
7.35pm, Friday 4 October 2013
Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster Harriers FC
Seeing his side play together for the first time was more important than beating Wales - according to England U16s head coach Kenny Swain
The Young Lions kicked off their defence of The Victory Shield with a 1-0 win over the Welsh at Kidderminster on Friday.
A first-half strike from the impressive Charlie Wakefield proved to be decisive, but it was more than just the result that satisfied Swain.
He said: “It’s always important to get a victory but the most important thing was they played together for the first time out.
“I think Wales and some other countries have an under-15s programme, so they’ve been together 18 months, and you could see that as they were very well organised.
“But for our lads to come together in three days and play as well as they did in patches was really, really pleasing.
“I think all credit goes to the Wales goalkeeper who made some really good saves tonight. I probably thought there were three goals between the two teams, but it wasn’t to be in terms of converting chances, but we played some really good stuff at times.”
Goalscorer Wakefield gained many of the plaudits for his performance, but Swain was keen to highlight the contribution of the rest of his team.
He added: “There were a few I thought who showed maturity beyond their years.
"The important thing is they all had a little exposure and we tried to give them as much time on the field as we could. A lot of them can be pleased with their performance and we are looking forward to the next game now.
Northern Ireland are England’s next opponents in The Victory Shield at Bournemouth FC on Friday 8 November.