England U21s Head Coach Gareth Southgate encouraged by his side's reaction in Finland
Finland 1-1 England
UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013-15
Qualifying Group One
5pm, Monday 9 September 2013
was pleased with his team’s response in Tampere, as they came from behind to rescue a point against Finland
on Monday evening.
The Three Lions were shocked to concede a freak, 40 yard free-kick from Finland winger Moshtagh Yaghoubu in the early stages of the game.
But Southgate’s side refused to panic and played their way back into the game, before finding a second-half equaliser through striker Saido Berahino
And despite having captain Andre Wisdom dismissed after that, Southgate was encouraged by what he saw from his squad.
Southgate said: "We said at the beginning of the week that we won't go into every game and not make mistakes or not go behind, so it's how we respond to those things that matters.
“We've got to keep doing the right things and we kept passing and probing.
“We kept doing that when we went down to 10 men as well, which was really pleasing.”
It took a double substitution from Southgate just before the hour mark to find the breakthrough, with Harry Kane and Sammy Ameobi adding to England’s attacking prowess.
And it could have been three points too, had Kane’s late effort sneaked home instead of bouncing back off the post.
"You think about doing it at half time, but then you think to give it five or 10 minutes,” he added.
“But we felt we needed to give them something else to think about defensively.
“Saido had been a goal threat and we know that Harry's a goalscorer, so maybe that change of shape gives the opposition something to think about.
“It paid off for us, as we had that spell when Harry nearly gets the header and we hit the post when we were down to ten men."
Southgate also reserved special praise for his midfield duo of James Ward-Prowse and Tom Carroll, who have both impressed during the opening two Euro qualifiers of this campaign.
He said: “I thought James Ward-Prowse and Tom Carroll were terrific.
“Even when we were down to ten men, they kept probing and opening them up and did a disciplined job defensively when we needed that cover.”
England Under-21s are in action again next month, when they travel to face San Marino on 10 October before returning home and playing Lithuania at Portman Road on Tuesday 15 October.