IN a summer when England’s men have been dominating at all sorts of levels, the ladies are doing us proud too. No-one more so than Jodie Taylor.
Her strike in the 2-0 win against Spain took her tally to four goals in two games following her hat-trick against Scotland in the opening game.
As manager Mark Sampson said ‘Jodie’s on fire’. Few defences can live with her when she is in this sort of form. Ask Scotland; ask Spain.
Despite conceding the bulk of possession to the Spanish, England had the finer cutting edge up front with goals from Fran Kirby and Taylor.
The major talking point of the game, however, was a penalty award for Spain that was then ruled out.
The referee gave the spot kick – after Ellen White had handled in the box – but it was clearly accidental and the officials reversed their decision. Fair play.
There was clearly no intention on the part of the England player and whilst Spain were understandably frustrated, it was the right decision. In the end.
The Lionesses were worthy winners, and England goalscorer Jodie Taylor said on Channel Four: “The second goal settled us a bit in the final ten minutes.
“I had a quick look to see where the goalie was and she just came flying out, so I had a little dink.”
Manager Mark Sampson, as quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40694641 – added: “I can’t remember Karen Bardsley having to make a save.
“We’d have liked to have more of the ball. But in the second half we got up to the ball quicker and got a bit more territory.
“We’ve got lessons to learn and we’ll be better for Portugal. We’ll get back, dry off and then think about Portugal.
“I’m delighted for Fran (Kirby) to get off the mark for this tournament and (Jodie) Taylor is obviously on fire as well.”