Hope Powell was unhappy with the performance despite England's 4-1victory over Austria.
National Coach Hope Powell was happy with the result but not the performance after England had to come from behind to beat Austria 4-1 in the first of their 2007 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
The victory was comfortable enough in the end, but the early stages were distinctly uncomfortable as England failed to find any kind of rhythm and conceded a 20th minute goal.
"The most important thing was getting three points and I’m pleased we scored four goals," said Powell, "but it wasn’t a good performance.
"We knew the Austrians would play five across the middle yet our players didn’t seem to have any idea of how to break them down in those first 20 minutes.
"The goal we conceded wasn’t a good one from our point of view, but it woke us up and injected some life into us."
The Austrians, at 47th in the world ranked 33 places below England, shocked Powell’s team by taking the lead through left winger Natascha Celouch.
That sent the crowd of 1,700 – almost capacity in Amstetten’s tiny Ertl-Glas Stadion – wild with delight as Austria made the best possible start to their first ever qualifying tie for a major tournament.
But by half-time England led through a penalty by Everton midfielder Fara Williams and a long range shot from Arsenal striker Kelly Smith.
And second half goals by Charlton Athletic striker Amanda Barr and Leeds United winger Sue Smith, on as substitute for Charlton’s Jo Potter, settle the match firmly in England’s favour.
Powell said: "Credit to the players, they came back very quickly and in the end we were well worth the win. But the overall display wasn’t good enough and the girls know it.
"They won’t settle for it and they’ll want to perform much better when we get to Hungary for our second qualifier next month.
"In fairness to them, they’ve had to lift themselves back up after coming down from the massive climax to last season with the European Championship finals.
"Our new season’s only just begun and this was our first qualification match of any sort for almost two years, so although we were up against a much lower-ranked team than ourselves it was never going to be the easiest of prospects.
"By the time we get to the Hungary game though, the players should be sharper – and I’ll be looking for a better performance than this one."