Neville hails "unbelievable" St Mary's crowd

By SFC Media time Fri 06 Apr England vs Wales
Photo by James Bridle | Phil Neville

England manager Phil Neville hailed an unbelievable St Mary's crowd for the Lionesses' FIFA World Cup qualifier with Wales.

A total of 25,603 people were in attendance for the match, which ended 0-0, thanks in part to an inspired display from visiting goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan.

Neville, who was overseeing his first home game in charge of the side, was delighted with the level of support.

"I've got to say the crowd was unbelievable," he said. "They stayed right to the very end and the atmosphere was great. I actually thought it was a really good game, even though it was 0-0."

Neville added: "It wasn't the result I was looking for. I wasn't happy probably with the first-half performance. I thought we were sloppy in possession, which is not like us really.

"Their gameplan worked in the first half, but I thought second half we were fantastic.

"We kept them penned in their half, we played with speed, we created one-v-one situations in wide areas. We were the only team that was looking to win the game, but you've got to say that they defended unbelievably."

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