England U20s boss left frustrated at missed opportunity in Turkey
Egypt 2-0 England
FIFA U20 World Cup
7pm (BST), Saturday 29 June 2013
Ataturk Stadium, Bursa
England U20s Head Coach Peter Taylor couldn’t hide his disappointment at his side’s World Cup exit in Bursa following a 2-0 defeat to Egypt.
Taylor saw his team miss a string of chances throughout the game before the African champions punished England in the dying stages with two breakaway strikes.
The result means that England miss out on a place in the knock-out stages, when a win or even a high-scoring draw would have seen them through.
Speaking immediately after the game, Taylor bemoaned the fact his side never reached their peak, despite creating a number of clear-cut chances throughout the match.
He said: “I thought it was probably our worst performance since we’ve been here, even though we created a lot of chances.
“But if you don’t take your chances, football always punishes you.
“I was disappointed with our performance in open play, but we created more chances.
“I don’t think I’ve seen a team create as many chances and lost a game 2-0 and that’s why it’s frustrating.
“If you don’t play as well as you can and you don’t take chances, you get punished and that’s what happened tonight.”
Even though the results and final Group E table don’t reflect well on Taylor's side, the three games all brought positive points with some good football played and crucial experience for the squad.
And with hindsight, the opening game with eventual group winners Iraq proved crucial as England lost a two goal lead to draw there and set the tone.
He added: “We could have won our first match, we were 2-0 up and then I thought we played exceptionally well against Chile when we could have won too.
“I thought we would win tonight to be honest, because I thought we were improving as a team.
“But Egypt showed good character to win the match tonight having lost the previous two games.
“Their first goal was very well taken and the second came when we were trying to get back into it.
“We still feel we could have scored more goals and that’s the mistake that we made.”
There was obvious disappointment in the England dressing room after the game, but Taylor was adamant they will all return home as better players because of the experience of a World Cup.
“I said to the players that they’ve been a very good group to work with over the 20-odd days,” he added.
“We’ve had four matches and they’ve done really well in aspects of their play.
“I think we’re very disappointed tonight because they didn’t do as well but the experience of playing in the U20 World Cup will have been fantastic for everybody.”
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