It was a little surprising that the England Under-21 side found Wales so difficult last night in an exciting game at Cardiff.
Steven Taylor – job only half done
The England team eventually scraped through in the first leg of their two leg play-off with Wales, but they were given a scare by a very good Wales Under-21 side.
England eventually won 3-2 with goals from Middlesbrough players David Wheater and Adam Johnson, before Gabriel Abgonlahor’s fired in the winner after 61 minutes.
The next leg is next Tuesday at Villa Park, and England can lose 1-0 or 2-1 and still get through.
But England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor is taking nothing for granted as he talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“This is just half-time and there is so much to play for.” “It would be a great honor to captain the team in next summer’s Euro finals.”“But we have work to do yet.”
“We got off to a bad start and we weren’t happy to concede those goals.” “Now we are looking to finish the tie on Tuesday at Villa Park.” “The tie is still alive and there is all to play for.”
“We gave them far too much space, but we were much better in the second half.” “We have to play much better on Tuesday and not give them as much time on the all.”
Taylor was asked about Newcastle’s next vital league game at home against Manchester City and he added:
“We are all building up to that and, hopefully, we will have a lot of our injured players back.”
If we can play the full game against Manchester City, like we did in the second half at Everton, then we will have a decent chance to capture all 3 points – and that would be fantastic.