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Turkey 0-3 England

By Tony Leighton

Hope Powell
Coach Hope Powell's substitutions proved important

England women scored three goals in the last 13 minutes to earn what in the end was a comfortable 2011 World Cup qualifying win over Turkey in Izmir.

Right-back Alex Scott gave England the lead from 12 yards in the 77th minute.

Substitute Lianne Sanderson fired in from 18 yards and Rachel Unitt headed home the third from a corner as England took advantage of tiring opposition.

But until then it had been a laboured display against a side ranked 49 places below England at 57 in the world.

The result means England, the European Championship runners-up, have won their first two qualifying matches ahead of meetings with Austria in March and Spain the following month.

Group Five leaders Spain will provide by far the toughest opponents as Hope Powell's team look to reach the finals in Germany.

Coach Powell said: "The most important thing was the three points but we lacked quality and some of the passing was atrocious from players you'd expect a lot more of.

I didn't expect to play, but I was glad to get on the pitch and make a contribution

Karen Carney

"I can't fault their work ethic, but they make the game difficult at times by some of the stupid decisions they make.

"If we play as we did in the first half here, we won't be going anywhere."

The match turned following the 62nd-minute introduction of right-winger Karen Carney, who was playing her first match since September's European Championship final.

"I've been injured and haven't kicked a ball for two weeks," she said afterwards. "I didn't expect to play, but I was glad to get on the pitch and make a contribution."

The Chicago Red Stars player said she understood Powell's frustration with her team. "She's entitled to be mad. It wasn't our best performance, but we got the three points," said Carney.

Turkey should have taken a 13th-minute lead when Filiz Koc raced clear following a mistake by central defender Laura Basset, but keeper Karen Bardsley dashed off her line to block the winger's shot.

In the 27th minute, England midfielder Fara Williams was unlucky not to open the scoring with a 25-yard free-kick that struck the crossbar.

But England rarely looked like scoring from open play until the second half, which they started with a quick-fire attack that led to Yilmaz having to dive at the feet of winger Jess Clarke to prevent a goal.

A great chance was then wasted as captain Faye White and Clarke both had close-range shots saved on the line following Sue Smith's 50th-minute corner.

England almost paid the price when Cansu Yag's pass put Eylul Elgalp in the clear only for the striker to shoot straight at Bardsley.

When Carney stepped into the action she almost immediately set up a chance for Williams to clip in an angled shot that was saved on the line by Yilmaz.

And it was a clever 77th-minute through-ball by the winger that led to Scott putting England ahead.

Three minutes later Sanderson drilled home from the edge of the box following a Smith pass.

Smith was again the provider for the final goal, floating in an 84th- minute corner for left-back Unitt to head home.

Turkey: Yilmaz; Kirac (Gurbuz), Demir, Belci, Ercimen; Kara; Koc (Seker 72), Bakir, Yag (Erturk 86), Defterli; Elgalp.

Substitutes not used: Ozyumsak, Erol, Ersoy, Uraz

England:1 Bardsley (New Jersey Sky Blue); Scott (Boston Breakers), White (Arsenal), Bassett (Leeds Carnegie), Unitt (Everton); F. Williams (Everton), Buet (Chelsea) (Carney (Chicago Red Stars) 62); Clarke (Leeds Carnegie) (Sanderson (Chelsea) 76), Westwood (Everton), Smith (Leeds Carnegie); Handley (Everton) (Dowie (Everton) 84).

Substitutes not used: Chamberlain (Chelsea), Susi (Chelsea), Whelan (Everton), Williams (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Referee: Ms S. Bastos (Portugal).

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see also
England 8-0 Malta
25 Oct 09 |  Women
Powell proud despite losing final
10 Sep 09 |  Women
England 2-6 Germany
10 Sep 09 |  Women

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