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Eight not great for Powell's England

Published: Monday 26 October 2009, 9.40CET
England manager Hope Powell said her side "were not clinical in front of goal" despite kicking off their FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying Group 5 campaign with an 8-0 home win against Malta.
by Ofer Ronen-Abels
from Blackpool
Eight not great for Powell's England
England celebrate Rachel Unitt's late goal against Malta in Blackpool ©Tom Dulat
Published: Monday 26 October 2009, 9.40CET

Eight not great for Powell's England

England manager Hope Powell said her side "were not clinical in front of goal" despite kicking off their FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying Group 5 campaign with an 8-0 home win against Malta.

England manager Hope Powell said her side "were not clinical in front of goal" despite kicking off their 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying Group 5 campaign with an 8-0 win against Malta in Blackpool.

Powell disappointed
A Fara Williams hat-trick, two goals for Jess Clarke and one each for Faye White, Emily Westwood and Rachel Unitt gave the home side a comfortable win at Bloomfield Road, but with Malta losing to Spain by a 13-goal margin in their opening qualifier, Powell did not feel that the beaten UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ finalists had done themselves justice. "The most important thing was to win the game especially when you are expected to win such games," she said. "We were not clinical in front of goal and if you look at Spain and at the margin in which they had won, it makes my disappointment even bigger."

Not enough
Williams' hat-trick took the Everton LFC player's international tally to 30 goals, but the 25-year-old was not in the mood for celebrating. "I scored three but should have scored six or seven so I am frustrated as I expect a lot more from myself and hope to improve that against Turkey," she said. "It's nice to reach such a landmark but that is not the most important thing." England travel to Turkey for their next qualifier on 26 November.

Last updated: 26/10/09 11.19CET

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