England U17s Head Coach John Peacock speaks to FATV about Thursday's game with Slovenia
England U17s v Slovenia U17s
UEFA European U17 Championship
Elite Qualifying Round
3pm, Thursday 28 March 2013
The Pirelli Stadium, Burton Albion FC
wants England U17s to finish on a high when they face Slovenia in their final Elite Round Qualifier on Thursday afternoon.
The Young Lions were desperately unlucky to lose against Russia on Monday evening
, with two wonder goals cancelling out England’s opener.
That reverse came on the back of an impressive win against Portugal
in the first game last weekend.
And Head Coach Peacock has just urged his side to go out and make sure they end the tournament with a victory in Burton.
He told FATV
: "We just need to keep doing the same things, as I've been absolutely delighted with the way we've played this week.
"The results speak for themselves, but the manner of the defeat against Russia was disappointing in the sense of the result.
“But anyone who was there would have seen an England side that played very well.
"We had 65 per cent of the possession, went in front and two controversial penalty decisions didn't go our way unfortunately.
"And we've seen two wonder goals from the Russians, which we probably wouldn't see again if we played football for the next year.”
That result puts the Russians in pole position to reach May’s Euro Finals in Slovakia.
But Peacock says his squad have been positive in training since to overcome their defeat earlier in the week.
He added: "It was difficult to take but the lads have coped exceptionally well with it.
"You have to deal with disappointment and adversity, but they're still brimming with confidence.”
Regardless of the outcome, Peacock says it’s been a good meet-up for his squad at St. George’s Park
and an experience that they can take on into the future.
With the difficult weather conditions in the Midlands this week, Peacock believes the national football centre has saved the tournament from multiple postponements.
Four of the six games have been re-scheduled to take place there due to unplayable pitches at both Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium and the Loughborough University Stadium.
And Peacock has enjoyed the visit, with his players having use of the facilities on offer at SGP.
"It's been a great get-together and St. George's Park has been first-class and familiar surroundings for the players,” he added.
"That's a good thing and I think they need that sometimes just to settle them down.
"With the weather conditions that we've had this week, if we'd have been anywhere else it would have been really difficult to get this event on.”
Watch the full interview with Peacock in the media player below.