Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Johnson finds positives

Martin Johnson

A defiant Martin Johnson insists England have not become a poor side overnight following their disappointing 19-9 World Cup warm-up defeat to Wales in Cardiff.

Team manager Johnson could barely hide his frustration after a Millennium Stadium reverse in which England failed to capitalise on a set-piece dominance that saw them spend extended periods camped in the Welsh 22.

"I was disappointed. It was a Test we threw away, but we said that when we looked at the tape we expected to find some positives, and there were," said Johnson.

"We created plenty of opportunities, we had a lot of ball and if we had got a try in the first half it would have changed the nature of the game. They probably went in thinking they won that half with the score at 6-6.

"We missed a few things and we should have scored, we also had problems at the breakdown but you have to find these things out now in August, not in New Zealand in September.

"I wanted to win but if we had scored a pushover try and maybe won 16-6 it may have masked a few things.

"But in New Zealand people will not talk about how we played in Cardiff, they will only talk about how we play out there."

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