South­gate’s pride as Three Lions keep Gabriel and pals quiet

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - FOOT­BALL

ENG­LAND boss Gareth South­gate hailed his side’s de­fen­sive qual­i­ties as they held Brazil to a goal­less draw at Wem­b­ley last night.

It was the sec­ond match in a row at the na­tional sta­dium, that saw a stale­mate, fol­low­ing the 0-0 draw with Ger­many on Fri­day, and South­gate is tak­ing the pos­i­tives from keep­ing Ney­mar, Philippe Coutinho and City’s Gabriel Je­sus quiet.

“In terms of heart, re­silience and spirit it was up there with any­thing I have been in­volved in,” South­gate told ITV1.

“Young play­ers dig­ging in, we just couldn’t move the ball as well as the other night.

“Tonight we just showed re­silience, guts and some re­ally out­stand­ing de­fend­ing against a top, top side. I am in­cred­i­bly proud of what the play­ers have done.

“We had the best de­fen­sive record in qual­i­fy­ing, we have just played the best two teams in the world and man­aged to keep two clean sheets, which gives us some­thing to build on.

“We know we need to be bet­ter with the ball, I thought we were a bit anx­ious, but even then when you dig in like we did you get half-chances at the end, which could win you the game.

“It is a base to work from.”

On-loan Blues goal­keeper Joe Hart, back in the team af­ter Jor­dan Pick­ford played against Ger­many, also praised the play­ers in front of him as Brazil drew a blank.

“We were play­ing the best team in the world at the mo­ment, I thought they were brilliant,” Hart said. “We had a game-plan to play in the first half and they made that hard for us so we had to adapt on the pitch and we did.

“As much as they had, I thought the back-line were ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal.

“Joe (Gomez), I can’t speak highly enough of his per­for­mance, he was play­ing against one of the hottest play­ers and he did well against him.

“It’s not a win but it’s a good per­for­mance. We have played against the best two teams in the world. We didn’t win, but we didn’t

lose.” Mean­while, Bury suf­fered a shock home de­feat in their FA Cup first round re­play against non-league Wok­ing. The League One side were hum­bled 3-0 thanks to goals from Re­gan Charles-Cook, Inih Ef­fiong and Jamie Philpot but the Na­tional League out­fit into round two of the com­pe­ti­tion. The Shak­ers had been un­beaten in three games un­der care­taker boss Ryan Lowe.

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