"Thinking back to the game at the JJB last year, you can't afford to give quality sides that sort of start in Test match rugby," he said.
The Kiwis dominated the first half, with Junior Sa'u and Lance Hohaia scoring and Shaun Kenny-Dowall adding a third after the break.
A quick double by James Roby and Gareth Widdop dragged England back into the game before Kevin Brown had a try disallowed, and almost instantly New Zealand scored again though Benji Marshall to kill off hopes of a famous comeback.
NZ skipper pleased with aggression
Brown's try was ruled out for pushing on New Zealand's Greg Eastwood, and England coach Steve McNamara said it was harsh on his team.
"It was a 12-point turn-around," he said.
"We'll have a look at it but I don't want to be make too many rash statements while emotions are running high.
"We feel we can do a whole lot of things better so we won't worry too much about that one right now.
"We got caught a little bit cold at the start and it cost us. Certainly there are some areas of our game we want to look to improve on but I thought we worked tremendously hard to fight our way back into the game.
McNamara 'optimistic' despite defeat
"We spoke about a few things at half-time. We increased the intensity in the second half and were a pretty good team.
"I thought we looked dangerous, particularly when we got some momentum at the ruck and made New Zealand look a bit flat and tired."
New Zealand winger Manu Vatuvei will miss the rest of the tournament after breaking his arm just two minutes into the game as he tried to tackle England centre Michael Shenton.
"It's very sad for Manu," said Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney.
"It didn't look like a great deal in the tackle but he's come out of it with a broken arm."
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