Rehanne Skinner coach of England Under 19 England U19 v Sweden U19 UEFA European Womens Under-19 Championship football match, St George's Park National Football Centre, Burton-on-Trent, UK - 06 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

England boss Skinner pleased with shape in defeat to Spain

England Under-19 manager Rehanne Skinner has praised her side’s shape in the 1-0 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship defeat to Spain in Stirling this afternoon.

The Young Lionesses’ second defeat of the tournament has resulted in their early exit but they can take plenty of credit from their performance at Forthbank Stadium.

Other than Olga Carmona’s first half goal, the Lionesses keeper Hannah Hampton was never troubled as England restricted their opponents to shots from distance.

Speaking to FAWSL Full-Time Magazine after the match, manager Skinner admitted that she was pleased with the setup of her side and the application of their game plan.

“Overall, I thought that the players worked incredibly hard” she said. “Our game plan caused a lot of problems for them in terms of struggling to break us down.

“Defensively, I thought that our shape was really good for the most part and our attitude and work ethic was very good.

“We made it tough for them and we had chances to make the game go the other way.”

Skinner went on to highlight her side’s hesitant approach play in the final third as the main reason why Spanish goalkeeper Catalina Coll was rarely tested throughout the match.

The England boss added “We spent just a little bit too long on the ball in the final third.

“We had times where we could have had a couple of pull backs but we sat on the ball a little bit too long so it closed the spaces.

“Our finishing was very good in the warm-up and we have been progressing really well with that overall.

“Ultimately, it is fine margins in the end.”

England face Belgium in their final tournament fixture in Perth on Monday afternoon.

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