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England U21 coach Pearce not getting carried away with victory over Austria

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce admits it was difficult to draw too much from their friendly win over Austria last night.

The match became a bit of a non-contest after the visitors received red cards either side of half-time.

Keeper Richard Strebinger and full-back Patrick Farkas walked early, giving England a distinct advantage.

Jonjo Shelvey and Josh McEachran netted from the set-pieces that immediately followed the decisions, before Marvin Sordell and Connor Wickham wrapped up a 4-0 victory.

It was hardly the competitive fare Pearce will have craved, although he was in positive mood after the win and Thursday's 3-0 defeat of Romania.

"This last eight-day block we've had, I certainly could not have asked for more in terms of results," the Young Lions manager said.

"I think the result tonight flattered us a bit. It was nicely balanced, with chances at both ends and some good defending at the beginning.

"The sending off, certainly the second sending off, slanted the game a little bit and probably we didn't learn a great deal after that, to be honest with you.

"But the two-game exercise for has been absolutely invaluable in regards to shaping my mentality for the squad this summer.

"The boys have been outstanding, as they normally are, over these eight days at the hotel, on the training ground and on the match pitch.

"There are lessons to be learned but I think they have the mentality to get better. We've got bigger challenges in the summer.

"Our scouts have been looking at the Italians, Norwegians, Spanish - there are some good sides coming to this championships.

"We won't get washed away with thinking just because we won a couple of games on the spin that it is going to be nice and comfortable in the summer. It will be anything but."

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