U17s manager says there are plenty of positives to take despite defeat
England U17s manager says that despite the disappointing result against Portugal in the opening game of the FA International Tournament, there are plenty of positives to be taken from the experience.
The Young Lions lost the first of their three games in the annual tournament against a strong Portuguese outfit
, and Peacock was quick to praise the opposition for a fine performance.
He said: “I think it was an excellent game of football. We said at the beginning that we were going to play three very good teams this week. In my experience, and I’ve been doing it eleven years now, it’s probably one of the best Portuguese sides I’ve seen for a number of years. It was a real big test for us this evening.
“Obviously we didn’t get off to the brightest start. We didn’t quite get to grips with it for those first 15 minutes when we didn’t really have the ball, but after that I thought we grew into it really well.”
England face Turkey on Friday, and Peacock emphasised how important it is that his young squad put the opening game disappointment behind them.
“The important bit is to ultimately try and win the games, get a bit of confidence back; see what the reaction is like from the 18 players tonight, hopefully get a result from the game against Turkey on Friday and then see what happens on Sunday.
“But for me it’s about a learning curve for the players, it’s a learning curve for me about the team. It’s knowing what we’re doing well, what we’re not doing well and how we can improve – and we’ll learn those lessons this week.“
Meanwhile, England scorer Patrick Roberts expressed his delight in ending his recent goal drought.
“I’m very happy with the goal, because I haven’t scored in quite a few games so it was nice to get a goal. I just try to play my best for the team, and if that works well for me then that’s great.
“We worked well together with some good link up play, we should really have got more but that’s the game. Two more games to go though.”