Pearce sees positives in Wiesbaden
Tuesday, 16 November, 2010
Under-21 debutants impress Pearce as Young Lions lose in Germany.
By Jamie Bradbury in Wiesbaden
Stuart Pearce was in a positive mood despite seeing his Under-21s beaten 2-0 in Germany and have a man sent off.
Trailing 1-0 at the break, the young England side, featuring a total of seven debutants, had goalkeeper Jason Steele dismissed for a professional foul. It came just 13 minutes into the Middlesbrough stopper's first appearance after he replaced Scott Loach at half-time, and Pearce believes it defined the game.
The penalty was converted by German forward Cenk Tosun to give the home side an unassailable lead, despite the efforts of the ten men.
And as well as the spirit showed by his side, Pearce also praised midfielder Henri Lansbury who took the gloves with no third keeper available.
"We were disappointed with the first goal we conceded, but it was an interesting game," said Pearce after the game.
"It was a good exercise for both teams and two good nations and eventually the best team won on the evening.
"The game hinged on the penalty situation and the player getting sent off," continued Pearce.
"I've not seen it again. I think it was one of those scenarios where a penalty will suffice. The game was probably finished when the ball hit the net from the penalty spot.
"As a spectacle for the fans it spoiled the game. It might have been the right decision but it's one of those things that happens when you are a goalkeeper."
He added: "Henry put himself forward and I thought he was outstanding. Everything that went to him he handled very well. We might have found another goalkeeper tonight.
"I thought Ryan Bertrand played well. I thought Danny Rose slogged away and Kieran Trippier performed well and I liked the spirit when we went down to ten men.
"A lot of our players made debuts tonight. If you asked Connor Wickham or Josh McEachran, who have got their first cap, then they'd have been happy.
"You have to take the positives out of it and move on."
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