England were defeated by Australia in an international friendly last night by a score of 2-0. Lionesses fans weren’t happy with the result – however, some were willing to accept defeat and took little issue with the overall performance.
Others, however, were less forgiving. They took issue with the performance of the central midfielders – Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone and Keira Walsh – and they were also unhappy with Sarina Weigman’s insistence on playing Jess Carter at left-back.
Generally, though, most supporters were willing to accept the loss as a mere blip. It was England’s first defeat in 30 games – they will still enter the 2023 World Cup as one of the favourites.
We didn’t play well tonight but this is a wake up call we needed before the World Cup and Australia deserved it tonight they played well . I’d rather us lose now in a friendly then in the World Cup .
— Łils (@Pernillecfcw) April 11, 2023
Extremely poor tonight nowhere near good enough tonight but if we were gonna have a sloppy performance i would rather do it tonight in a friendly game before heading to Australia for the World Cup. Cmon lasses we can bounce back
— Andrew Flynn (@FTM1042) April 11, 2023
Learning to respond to defeat important for all teams . This team may have had an off night ..but can hold their heads high on excellent track record & continue to believe in themselves 🥰👏
— Stacey HUNTER 💙🏳️🌈 (@maidofyorkshire) April 11, 2023
We need another friendly before the World Cup, there is no way we can go into the World Cup like this
— 🔴⚪️ (@Bcwfc_a) April 11, 2023
Wasn’t our night but you all should still hold your heads up. Proud of you all
— Karysburnett23 (@Karysburnett2) April 11, 2023
No lessons were learned from the Brazil match. Central midfield were hopeless. But they weren't alone. Fewer decent performances than bad or very bad.
— Andrew D Pope (@APoliticalPope) April 11, 2023
In the game against the Matildas, England were ultimately beaten by a score of 2-0. Chelsea’s Sam Kerr opened the scoring the 32nd minute – captain Leah Williamson attempted to head the ball back to Mary Earps, but did not put enough power on it. This allowed Kerr to incisively nip in and lob Earps, putting England a goal down.
The second goal was perhaps a tad unfortunate. As a ball was crossed in, it was met by the head of Charlotte Grant – it then deflected off Williamson, wrong-footing Earps and putting Australia 2-0 up.
It was a below-par performance by England’s lofty standards – however, they will have plenty of time to rethink and regroup before the World Cup.