England Women's coach Hope Powell: We are disappointed with Mexico point but we can improve

England Ladies coach promises there's more to come from her side in the remaining World Cup Group B fixtures against New Zealand and Japan, after opening with a draw
Hope Powell admitted she was both pleased and disappointed with a point as England Ladies were held to 1-1 draw by Mexico in their opening World Cup Group B game.

England settled into an early rhythm and opened the lead in the 21st minute when Fara Williams met a Karen Carney corner and looped a header into the back of the net.

However they were level again 11 minutes later when a Monica Ocampo fired a long range strike into the top corner past Karen Bardsley in goal.

Powell's side had other opportunities to win the game but were unable to take them, Kelly Smith coming the closest from a Ellen White cross, but the manager admitted she was happy to avoid defeat.

“I’m glad we didn’t lose, that’s the main thing,” she told the FA's website. “But we’re disappointed we didn’t win the game, of course.”

Mexico’s equaliser was something special as forward Ocampo sent a swerving shot into the top corner, and Powell admitted there was some disappointment that Bardsley was unable to keep it out as England were starting to dominate the game.

“The goal flew in,” added Powell. “You would’ve expected her to save that and she’s bitterly disappointed. The goal brought them right back into it.

“But I think until then we dominated but it is about scoring goals so, 1-1, we go with a point.”

With minnows New Zealand next up for England, followed by group favourites Japan, Powell is confident her players can perform much better once they have fully acclimatised to the German summer heat.

“We can play better but the conditions are warm and our players struggled a little bit with the heat,” she admitted.

“We can play better and we all have to do that if we want to stay in this tournament.”

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