U17s Head Coach praised his side's performance in 4-0 defeat of Sweden.
England 4-0 Sweden
UEFA European U17 Championship
Elite Qualifying Round, Group 7
3pm, Saturday 27 March 2010
Sixfields Stadium, Northampton Town FC
John Peacock expressed delight at his side's comfortable 4-0 victory over Sweden in the opening match of their final round of Euro qualifiers.
A goal apiece from Connor Wickham, Benik Afobe, Robert Hall and William Keane allowed England to overcome the 50th-minute dismissal of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, for a trip on Simon Hedlund, and give themselves a solid start to this Elite Qualifying Round campaign.
"I'm very happy," said Peacock after the match. "The result is more than I could have asked for. We wanted to get the win, that was the most important thing, but to get four goals was first class.
"Losing Sam to suspension is the big disappointment. Whether he was the last man or not, I don't know, but we'll be missing him now for the next game which is a shame.
"Having said that, I thought the lads coped really well with going down to ten men and just got on with the job. We saw the game out very well in the end."
England displayed resolve after Johnstone's dismissal, but rather than cling on their two-goal lead, they pushed forward in search of more goals and managed to find another two.
A number of players impressed, a point not lost on Peacock, but collectively England kept possession and continued to create chances with a confidence that belied their tender years, particularly given the circumstances.
They will now head into Monday's encounter against Malta in confident fashion.
"Our ability to pass the ball was there for everybody to see," said Peacock. "They are all comfortable with the football, they move it nicely as a group and they are always a threat. Trying to keep a clean sheet in games is first and foremost because we know we can score goals.
"This is a strong squad and it's difficult just picking a starting eleven. Today we had seven disappointed players on the bench, who have all played well in training this week all competed very well but I can't pick all 18, obviously, so a few have to be left out. I've got no issue whatsoever bringing somebody off the bench because I know they can all do a job for the team.
"Looking at the ones that did play, I thought there were some very solid performances out there, but the team in general showed a lot of character.
"As far as we're concerned, it's a good start, nothing more than that. It's not a victory that is going to get us to the European Finals, but it's a step in the right direction. We'll give Malta all the attention they deserve, ready for the game on Monday." England
1 Sam Johnstone, 3 Luke Garbutt, 4 Conor Coady (C), 5 Nathaniel Chalobah, 6 Andre Wisdom, 7 William Keane, 8 George Thorne (16 Harry Kane, 75), 9 Benik Afobe (13 Jack Butland, 51), 14 Bruno Pilatos, 15 Josh McEachran (11 Robert Hall, 63), 17 Connor WickhamSubstitutes not used
2 Louis Laing, 10 Chuks Aneke, 12 Jack Robinson, 18 Saido BerahinoGoals
Connor Wickham 21, Benik Afobe 32, Robert Hall 72, William Keane 90+1Head Coach
1 Davor Blazevic, 2 Mattias Pavic, 3 Jonathan Akerman Berndtsson, 4 Erik Berthagen, 5 Robin Tranberg, 6 Mans Soderqvist, 8 Carlos Garcia (c), 9 Anton Sandberg Magnusson (17 Tobias Lewicki, 41), 10 Lucas Ohlander (13 Karl Holmberg, 73), 11 Simon Hedlund, 16 Mathias Jung (18 Erik Tornros, 58)Substitutes not used
7 Jonathan Azulay, 12 Kevin Angleborn, 14 Nikola Ladan, 15 Sebastian MollerHead Coach
Tomas TuressonMatch Officials Referee
Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)Assistant Referees
Igor Krmar (CRO) & Stelios Nikita (CYP)Fourth Official
Igor Pristovnik Attendance