Taylor Mixed Emotions After 17th Cap

Last updated : 07 February 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor
Pearce's plans to win silverware for England started to take shape on Tuesday when his first match as Under-21 coach ended in a 2-2 draw against Spain.

Leroy Lita scored the equaliser at Pride Park after the hosts had conceded a two-goal lead by half-time, with David Nugent pulling a goal back just before the break.
The Newcastle defender believes his game will improve under the Manchester City manager.

Taylor: "Obviously there's a new coach, and with Stuart Pearce having been a defender himself, it will be good for me.

"Nigel (Pearson) has been fantastic since he joined the club and he has done a lot of work with the young defenders.

"I enjoy working with him at Newcastle and it's great that he is now part of the Under-21 set-up."

Pearce: "For 45 minutes, Spain were outstanding. We were tentative and possibly a little bit frightened and they pushed us right onto the back foot.

"But I said at half-time a bloody nose now could stand us in good stead next summer. But credit to the players, they were ones who got themselves going and in the end, we were the ones who looked most likely to win.

He added: "Sometimes, young lads can be more grown up than you give them credit for. You can speak to them honestly and get a reaction."