Johnson disappointed with display
England team manager Martin Johnson could barely hide his frustration after seeing his side's World Cup preparations receive a jolt as they failed to capitalise on their dominance in a 19-9 defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
The visitors had the game in a vice-like grip during the opening half, putting the Welsh set-piece under huge pressure and spending the majority of the first 40 minutes camped in the home 22. But they failed to make the most of an impressive pack performance as they went in at 6-6 at half-time, Toby Flood and Rhys Priestland kicking two penalties apiece.
"I am disappointed," he said. "It was the strangest game I have seen I think, to dominate a game so much in the first half and go in at 6-6, and let it get away from us like we did in the second half is disappointing."
Johnson added: "It is where it is in the scheme of things but it was pretty frustrating to say the least. You come in and work for big Test matches and you should not let games like that go.
"Both sides made errors, it's that time of year, but its annoying. I've not lost sight of the bigger picture but it does not help your emotions straight after the game.
"To have that much of the game and be 6-6, if we had kicked on and squeezed them the opportunities would have come, but we let it slip away."
Much of England's problems lay with a three-quarter line that failed to make the most of the swathes of possession that came their way, with the centre pairing of Mike Tindall and Shontayne Hape proving particularly ineffectual. But Johnson insisted that his side had created more than enough chances to triumph.
He said: "We made mistakes and did not score points when we were down there, it's pretty simple.
"We had the chances, we made breaks. Mike (Tindall) went through on one, (Matt) Banahan should have gone in in the corner and Danny Care went through, so we had plenty of opportunities but we didn't finish them off, we could have been scrummaging on their line now (and we wouldn't have scored).
"It would be good to see the detail of the game. There is a lot we need to get better at, some guys have not played for a long time, which is a factor, but even so we had enough opportunities to win the game by some distance."