Pearce cautious after win
Published : 13 Oct 2012 06:47:24
England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce was left frustrated by the narrow margin of his side's 1-0 victory against Serbia at Carrow Road.
A second-half penalty from West Brom defender Craig Dawson, his fifth goal in nine outings, was enough to give Pearce's Young Lions a lead to take to Krusevac for the second leg of their Euro 2013 play-off on Tuesday evening. But Pearce thought the overall performance from his side warranted a bigger winning margin.
"I think you realise and I realise we created enough opportunities to be more than one goal in front in this tie," he said.
Pearce added: "I'm pleased to have kept a clean sheet and won the game that is for sure but I'm a little bit disappointed that we haven't been a touch more clinical in front of goal.
"This has demonstrated to me the fact we can create chances away from home, we will have to take them because we might have to score on the road to go through in the tie.
"But Serbia have got to come out and play against us so it is all to play for as we thought it would be."
The former Manchester City manager suggested ahead of the game in Norwich that the tie would be decided by the odd goal but he is still planning to send out an attacking side in Serbia.
"I think we will try and win the game - we set up England teams, certainly at this level, to win every game and I think we will do the same again," he said.
"We won't be gung-ho but we certainly feel we have enough ability in our team and I think we showed that on occasions, we have got enough ability to win the game again on Tuesday.
"We know it is going to be a tough ask for us because they will be coming and gunning for us and they will be making it unpleasant for us I'm sure and rightly so. The stakes are pretty high and both sets of players want to go to the finals next summer."