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Brent praises 'patient' England
 Women's Football News 28 Oct 2013
 
Brent praises 'patient' England - 28 Oct 2013 - Women's Football NewsBrent Hills was delighted with the patience shown by his players and also praised opponents Wales following England's 2-0 victory in their FIFA Women's World Cup Group Six match at The Den. 
 
"We thought that we were good enough to dominate possession, which we did, and that they [Wales] would bank up and try to pinch the first goal and so we had to be very patient," he said.
 
"I thought we created a fair number of openings and maybe could have had another couple of goals but I was pleased with the way we were patient and kept trying to dominate possession.
 
"Both teams deserve credit for being resilient. The biggest danger is getting frustrated when you are dominating and you have to keep your concentration but I give credit to the Welsh, I thought they really worked their socks off and were very, very well organised."
 
England struggled at times to break down the Wales back four during the first half but Brent revealed he had been largely satisfied with the way the team had played. "We talked about playing with a bit more tempo at half time but the main message was to keep patient and stick to our game plan because if we don't, we'll beat ourselves, so that was pleasing.
 
"I was very pleased tonight because I thought it was a very difficult game to try and keep playing but Wales did well, they worked very hard and stuck to their game plan as well."
 
One noticeable fact which occurred during the game was the number of long shots England attempted on goal and Brent admitted that it was all a part of the plan. "One of things we have been talking about is if space opens up around 20-30 yards out, then have a shot, don't pass it. "We've been working a lot on that so I would expect to see us try and implement it."
 
Next up for England is a trip to play Turkey on Thursday and Hills admitted that they are expecting a much tougher game than they 8-0 thrashing they handed out at Fratton Park last month, with obstacles to overcome on and off the pitch.
 
"We leave Sunday morning and don't get there after two flights until 11.30 at night and I think it is 32 degrees the next day, so it's going to be great for us that are watching and not those that are playing," he explained.
 
"My experience in football tells me that teams that get beaten heavily don't get beaten heavily twice. They learn very quickly and that's happened to us before over the years. I would expect it to be a much tougher game, considering those factors, but it's a game we're looking to win."
 
Fara Williams echoed her manager's assessment of the game, insisting that the win was patience rewarded. "I think they tried to get bodies behind the ball and force us to play long passes, but I think we were professional in our performance and the goals came at a nice time," she said.
 
"Did they cause us any problems, probably not, but again it was hard in finding ways to break them down."
 
Meanwhile Jarmo Matikainen had nothing but praise for his players. "I am so proud of my young squad," he said. "We had a game plan and stuck to it and it worked for a long time.
 
"We had four players out with injuries and lost two of our best players in Jessica Fishlock and Natasha Harding during the game but the players worked very hard tonight. Now we have to look forward to our next game in Montenegro in November."

 
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