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Mark Sampson urges his Lionesses to respond to late defeat by France

Thursday 02 Mar 2017
Mark Sampson's side face USA in New Jersey on Saturday

Mark Sampson has urged his side to bounce back from their agonising defeat by France in the opening match of the SheBelieves Cup.

Jordan Nobbs fired the Lionesses into a deserved first-half lead but Marie Laure Delie headed the sides level with 10 minutes to play before Wendie Renard snatched a 95th-minute winner.

And with USA next up on Saturday, Sampson has asked his players for an immediate response.

England 1-2 France
  • SheBelieves Cup
  • Wednesday 1 March 2017
  • Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
He said: “It’s about learning our lessons and being better for it.

“We have to put it to bed and move on to the next one. Tomorrow morning we will prepare for USA.

“The players’ effort was excellent, but I will sit down with my coaching staff and work out where we went wrong in the second half.

“I’m disappointed and frustrated. We’re still on a journey. We’ve got to find a way to win these games.”

Sampson believes the match was the proverbial game of two halves.

England were the better side in the opening 45 minutes before Les Bleues came back into it after the break.

Sampson added: “I was really pleased with the players in the first half. We created chances to score more goals.

“We had good balance between attack and defence. KB [Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley] wasn’t even troubled in the first half.

“We could have scored three or four in the first half but a team like France are always going to come back at you.

“Credit to France. They were active and they stuck at it.

“I need to watch the game back but we struggled in the second half.

“I tried to make a change to address that but it wasn’t the right change. I hold my hands up.”

England will face World Cup holders USA in New Jersey on Saturday, a match UK viewers can watch on the official England Facebook page or FATV YouTube channel.

By FA Staff