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England U21 boss Pearce wants better

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce was satisfied with his team's 1-1 draw with Romania last night.

Pearce, taking charge of his first game since being appointed on a full-time basis, saw Matt Derbyshire give his side an early lead, only for Joe Hart to unfortunately deflect the ball into his own net to give the visitors a share of the spoils.

"We created some good scoring opportunities and Matty is 'Johnny on the spot' as usual and got himself another goal," Pearce said.

"There was some good parts, but the down side was that we looked a little like a team who had just got together in some ways.

"But this will serve us very well for the next get together which comes soon.

"We had enough opportunities to win the game, little disappointed with the goal we conceded but I always am, but the main thing is that players have got caps and have got involved at Under -21 level who have not been involved before.

"I think all in all 1-1 was a fair result and we didn't do enough to win the game in all fairness."

Pearce knows his team need to improve ahead of next month's opening European Under-21 qualifiers against Montenegro and Bulgaria.

"We've got to play better to get a victory out there," said Pearce.

"I'm getting to know one or two individuals but the feedback I've got from the last few days is that they are a good set of people who want to work hard and be successful.

"It's going to be tough but we think we have enough to qualify."

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