England chief Sarina Wiegman described the winning start to Euro 2022 as important while emphasizing that his team can perform better after the lionesses opened their campaign at home with a 1-0 win over Austria.
Beth Mead’s 16th-minute finish proved the tournament’s only curtain-raiser at Old Trafford, which drew a record crowd of 68,871.
Wiegman said in his post-game press conference, “It’s a good win, and this start is so important. It gives such a boost to the team and the public.
“We had some very good moments, we created a lot of chances and we should have scored a bit more. But we also had some difficult moments in the game and we qualified, so that’s really good, I think.
After Mead lifted the ball over Arsenal team-mate Manuela Zinsberger and confirmed he had crossed the line by match officials, England’s failed attempts to add to their lead included Ellen White leading a good luck, while Lauren Hemp was denied by a fine save.
After the break, Mary Earps made two saves in the final 15 minutes as the hosts saw victory.
Wiegman added: “I think we were a bit rushed in the final third. We created a lot of chances but the finishing touch, or the choice on the ball to shoot or cross or take them, we can do better. But the most important thing is that we scored one and got three points.
“I think we lost the ball too quickly (in the second half), and then you get into transitions all the time, and it’s really tiring.
“And of course they wanted to push for a goal. Then you really have to keep the ball, then you can control, and we didn’t do that well enough. But I think in the last minutes we were very calm and kept the ball longer, and it was very mature.
Regarding the atmosphere created by the crowd, Wiegman said, “It was amazing. No more words – it’s just amazing. To play here at Old Trafford, 70,000 people making a lot of noise, standing behind us, it’s really incredible.
“I hope they keep coming and they will because we have sold stadiums.”
England will continue their Group A matches next Monday when they take on Norway at the Amex Stadium, before wrapping them up by taking on Northern Ireland at St Mary’s four days later.
Austrian boss Irene Fuhrmann said: “I’m very proud of our performance and the way we played, but in the end we come away with zero points and that’s a bit disappointing.
“Especially in the second half, we showed a good reaction, especially offensively, we showed courage, we had a few chances to score. But of course England dominated the game in many phases and therefore deserved the victory.
This start is so important – Sarina Wiegman satisfied after England opener
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