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Resilient England get Fidler endorsement

England's Lois Fidler extolled her side's "character" and "resilience" after they came from behind to edge Austria, whose coach Dominik Thalhammer felt the best team lost.

Resilient England get Fidler endorsement
Resilient England get Fidler endorsement ©UEFA.com

Lois Fidler, England manager
What pleased me most? The character, resilience, the fact that we didn't let our heads drop having gone a goal down so early on. Just making a few changes, sticking to it and seeing it through. Ashley [Plumptre] had a little bit of a knock and obviously with players of this age it's important to look after them and not push them too much. So, just as a precaution Ashley's come off giving some of the other players an opportunity. We made a few changes and they proved decisive for us, so I'm pleased about that.

Credit to the Austrians. It's not nice to see players work so hard and be in tears after the game. We've been in that situation so many times before, and they gave us a really tough test. It could have gone either way but fortunately the luck was with us tonight and we managed to dig it out. They didn't do anything we didn't expect but they definitely caused us problems. They gave us different experiences and problems to try and find solutions to, and credit to them – it was a tough game.

How do I weigh [the Portugal game] up? Going into the group stage we talked about getting six points to get through to the semi-finals and that hasn't changed. After the disappointment of Italy, the second game was a bit cagey but we got three points and that's what we want against Portugal.

Dominik Thalhammer, Austria coach 
On one hand, it was a great day for us to play against the hosts at a European Championships in front of such a big crowd, but on the other we're very disappointed because we clearly dominated the game. We were the better team technically and tactically but unfortunately we lost. This is the type of performance I want to see and I'm very proud of the team.

We've dominated a nation who have achieved a great deal in women's football. Austria are on the right track and I was very impressed with the performance. We had England on the ropes with some great pressing and lots of possession. We weren't clinical enough and that's all that was lacking, but these tournaments are here for us to learn.

The players thought we could get something at half-time. We had put England under a lot of pressure and caused them problems, as we did at the start of the second half. Unfortunately we were undone by a counterattack; otherwise England wouldn't have scored. I'll show my players a video of this game and that should give them all the motivation they need [against Italy]. There are so many positives for the players to take for their future development.

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