England boss Hope Powell wants her players to react positively after Spain defeat
England 2-3 Spain
UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Finals
7.30pm BST, Friday 12 July
Linköping Arena, Sweden
Hope Powell has asked her players to bounce back following the painful defeat to Spain in their opening match of Euro 2013.
Laura Bassett’s 89th-minute goal, her first international strike, looked to have earned her side a draw after they twice came from behind in Linköping.
But an Alexia Putellas header in the fourth minute of added time secured a 3-2 win for the Spanish.
Powell said: "It's very disappointing. We've lost the game and we now need to move on.
"It's a disappointing night for everybody. I don't think we performed at all and at this level if you don't perform you get punished. We know what we have to do. We have to bounce back.”
She continued: "It felt like we didn't get out of first gear. That said I think you have to give credit to Spain. They're a highly technical side [and] we knew that. I thought they worked very hard and were probably deserved winners on the night.
"In the last few years [Spain] have progressed. They have drawn with Germany and that's a big confidence booster, so they come into the tournament and they are probably not expected to progress and they've done tremendously well.”
England’s next game is against Russia on Monday with both sides looking to pick up their first Group C after France’s 3-1 win in Norköpping earlier in the day.
And Powell is confident her players can turn things around and regain the form that saw them go unbeaten for 16 months before their 4-1 loss to Sweden in their final Euro warm-up last week.
She added: "We've got to dig ourselves out of a hole and we've got to go again.
"They will work really hard with each other, have a few frank discussions and try and put right the wrongs. We have to bounce back if we want to stay in this tournament.
"We know we can play better. It's about character now. I'm confident in the players I've got but they have to perform.
"The players will look at their record before [the last two defeats]. They went 12 games unbeaten before this. We've just got to recapture that [form]. It's probably just about reminding them that it's well within their capabilities of doing that.
"The fact that we came from behind twice says a lot about the team. Unfortunately we ran out of time on the third goal.”