England too strong for Wales

Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan fired England to a comfortable 2-0 victory against Wales at The Den as Brent Hills preserved his 100 per cent record as caretaker manager.

Last Updated: 27/10/13 at 21:07 Post Comment

Toni Duggan: Scored England's second goal against Wales

Toni Duggan: Scored England's second goal against Wales

The Football Association is biding its time over naming the permanent successor to Hope Powell, who was axed from the role after the team's poor performance in Euro 2013, but Hills is making a strong case to stay in the post.

After three 2015 World Cup qualifiers, England's record shows three wins, with 16 goals scored and none conceded.

On the night of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations across the River Thames in Holborn, England's women, a team that only came under the FA's control in 1993, never looked like being beaten and showed patience before making their second-half breakthrough.

The route to Canada in two years' time looks one England should negotiate with some comfort.

Wales defended with tenacity in the first half, but England still threatened.

Steph Houghton saw a free-kick pushed wide for a corner while playmaker Karen Carney forced Nicola Davies to turn an audacious 35-yard chip over the crossbar.

The Arsenal combination of Alex Scott, Nobbs and Ellen White combined skilfully just before half-time. Right-back Scott, venturing forward, cut the ball back to Nobbs and her floated pass forward almost landed on the head of White, but goalkeeper Davies was swiftly off her line.

Davies had to be equally sharp just a minute later when Eniola Aluko crossed from the right towards the far post where Carney, straining to reach the ball, put in a firm header that the goalkeeper adeptly blocked.

Wales were hindered by an arm injury sustained by captain Jess Fishlock early on. She was bandaged up and continued but was clearly in discomfort.

The Welsh resistance lasted only until the 48th minute when Scott's scuffed shot ran kindly into the path of Nobbs, and her clever looping shot from 15 yards went over Davies' head and into the net.

It was 2-0 nine minutes later as Duggan cracked a fine low shot into the bottom left corner from 15 yards.

Fishlock was substituted, before Wales momentarily threatened when Helen Ward drilled a low shot wide of the right post from 20 yards.

But England were able to cruise through the final half hour, taking off Aluko, White and Duggan ahead of Thursday's qualifier away to Turkey - a team Hills' players beat 8-0 in Portsmouth last month.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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