England women’s boss Mark Sampson stated Sunday’s 1- win over Bosnia-Herzegovina at Ashton Gate was a celebration of their great year.
The victory in the Euro 2017 qualifier came courtesy of Jill Scott’s late header in England’s first property match considering that winning Globe Cup bronze.
“The crucial factor was to celebrate a amazing 2015 for women’s football in this nation,” mentioned Sampson.
“To not get three points would have spoiled the party a tiny bit.”
Obtaining beaten Estonia 8- in September, England earned their second qualifying victory to place them second in Group Seven behind Belgium, who they will face in April.
But following wasting several excellent chances in the first half, Sampson said the group have been frustrated they could not put on a show for an expectant crowd of 13,040, who had been hammered by the wind and rain at Bristol City’s property ground.
“It was frustrating, credit to Bosnia-Herzegovina, they produced it difficult for us but the conditions have been the winner,” added Sampson.
“The players have been desperate to place on a good show for the supporters and win the match with style and score lots of targets but in the end they had to be resolute and keep patient.
“The fans produced it a brilliant atmosphere, and they have offered us such a motivation to say we can’t get beaten at property anymore. So to get that win and see so many in the ground was really special and something the players will remember for a extended time.”
Preserving the momentum
Eni Aluko set up Jill Scott to score the only aim at Ashton Gate
Sampson mentioned securing England’s ideal ever Globe Cup finish had created it a “ground-breaking” year.
And he has set his sights on winning Euro 2017, based on the reality that the Lionesses had been the highest-placed European team in Canada after their third-place play-off win more than Germany.
England have won 12 of their 19 fixtures this year, however the former Bristol Academy coach stated his team would need to have to play the massive nations of women’s football in 2016 to continue the momentum in a year exactly where there is no main tournament for England.
Sampson’s side drew – with European champions Germany final Thursday.
“We have laid a huge foundation to create on for subsequent year,” he mentioned. “The success [this year] is one thing no-a single anticipated bar the people in our altering space, and the thrilling portion of it is the group can’t wait to hold going.
“Next year will be challenging for us but the most critical aspect is the competition and the determination in the group to hold us moving forward.
“To do that we have to make sure we commence playing against the very best teams more frequently than not. That will give this team a chance to pit their wits against the very best teams in the planet.”
‘I played my whole career hoping this would happen’
England captain Steph Houghton told BBC Two: “We nonetheless have the World Cup Whatsapp group on our phones. We constantly verify in with every other to preserve a tight group.”
Former England captain Faye White was covering the game for BBC Radio five reside sports extra.
“The nation took them to their hearts in the summer season because of their achievement in obtaining to the third-fourth play-off and beating Germany – the very first time we’d ever beaten them,” she said.
“Viewing figures on Tv were brilliant. Folks were staying up and acquiring behind the group at midnight.
“I played my complete profession hoping that each tournament we played in, that would come about. We got to the European final in 2009 against Germany but they beat us.
“I thought that may possibly ignite much more interest and it did a small bit, but surely not like the bronze did in the Planet Cup. The reality it’s on tv a lot more and the media side of items, Twitter and Facebook, permits folks to engage with players and get a really feel for their personalities.”
England’s win more than Germany in the Planet Cup and the draw in final week’s friendly came right after they had lost 18 and drawn two of the preceding 20 meetings between the sides ahead of 2015.
White added: “England went to Germany thinking we want to get a result, even going into their back yard. In 2009 we reached the final and that was far more of a ‘wow, we reached the final’. This time they may well be capable to handle the expectation.”
‘England players are household names’
Jill Scott, who came off the bench to score the winner, was one of nine England players honoured just before kick-off for winning 100 or a lot more caps
Former England pair Kelly Smith and Rachel Brown-Finnis have been BBC Two’s pundits for the game.
“It really is been wonderful,” mentioned Smith. “What a year it is been. They’ve got recognition all over the world and in England. The players are now household names.
“Certainly this wasn’t the overall performance we wanted to watch coming off the back of the Planet Cup, but full credit to all the players and Mark Sampson. They’ve put England women’s football on the map. Extended could it continue.
“They’ve got a robust qualification campaign to appear forward to next year. Hopefully they’ll leading the group and do actually properly at the Euros.”
Brown-Finnis said: “This year has been about producing history, not just for England women’s football but for women’s sport in basic.
“It’s been put on the map and it really is here to remain. I can’t wait for the rest of the qualifiers and to see England go out there and win silverware.”
‘Awesome to finish unforgettable 2015 with win’
The final words go to the England players: