Brian Eastick believes his U19s deserved a victory over Czech Republic
England 0-0 Czech Republic
U19 International Friendly
7pm, Wednesday 25 March 2009
Banks's Stadium, Walsall FC
Head Coach Brian Eastick was positive about his team's performance after seeing England held to a draw by Czech Republic on Wednesday evening.
Whilst the Young Lions couldn’t break the deadlock in the game, on another night it could’ve been a different story as they were denied by a post and the crossbar as well as dominating territorially and looking assured in defence.
With May’s Elite Round qualifiers for the European Championship next up for the U19s, Eastick also felt it was an improved performance from their last game which was a 3-0 reverse against Spain.
“All international games are difficult these days and we were never going to win the match by 3-0,” said Eastick.
“It was always going to be tight, but we created the better chances and it was perhaps a game that we should have won 1-0, but we were quite pleased and it was an improvement on the Spain game.
“We perhaps lacked that little bit of guile around the box that someone like Danny Welbeck would’ve given us but Czech Republic are strong, powerful, well organised and will try to hit you on the break.
“You know that at international level, you’re not going to win many games by big scorelines and that's certainly the case if you’re playing the likes of Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands as we have done this season.
“We really should’ve won that game though and if we had have won it 1-0 that would probably have been a fair reflection.”
Eastick was also pleased with a number of his team’s individual performances and with a few new faces in the squad for this game, he certainly has some options and tricky decisions to make ahead of naming his 18-man party for the qualifiers, which see England host opposition from Scotland, Slovakia and Bosnia.
“With three or four new players on show, it was a chance for them to show us what they could do,” he added.
“I thought Jack Rodwell and Nathan Delfounso did well again, as did Nile Ranger when he came on in the second half. They are still all a year young for this age group, so they acquitted themselves very well.
“And Martin Kelly at the back played very well and Jason Steele in goal didn’t really have a great deal to do, so we certainly have food for thought in selecting a squad which we think can qualify for the Euro Finals.”The TeamsEngland
1 Jason Steele, 2 Kyle Walker, 3 Joe Mattock (16 Aidan White, 73), 4 Jack Rodwell (c), 5 Gavin Hoyte, 6 Martin Kelly, 7 Jordan Henderson (14 Andrew Tutte, 80), 8 Daniel Drinkwater, 9 Nathan Delfouneso, 10 Jonathan Obika (15 Nile Ranger, 46), 11 Daniel Gosling.Substitutes not used:
12 Jordan Spence, 13 Alex Smithies, 17 James Wallace.Czech Republic
16 Roman Vales, 2 Jan Mudra (15 Jan Navratil, 46) 4 Martin Sus, 5 Josef Husbauer, 7 Lukas Hejda (6 Lukas Novy, 72) 8 Zdenek Folprecht (14 Lukas Motal, 69) 10 Josef Sural ©, 12 Filip Noval, 13 Milan Misun, 17 Milan Nitrianski (11 Dominik Kraut, 85) 18 Jakub Petr (9 Martin Dolezal, 46)Substitutes not used:
1 Vaclav Hladky, 3 Jan Matras.Officials
Anthony TaylorAssistant Referees:
Darren England & Paul TierneyFourth Official: