Updated: 02/08/2012 18:15 | By pa.press.net

GB victory caps golden day - Pearce



Daniel Sturridge, second left, got the game's only goal

Daniel Sturridge, second left, got the game's only goal

Great Britain football coach Stuart Pearce felt his side's 1-0 Millennium Stadium victory over Uruguay had capped a golden day for British sport.

The host nation won their first gold medals of the Games on Wednesday as Bradley Wiggins triumphed in the men's time trial and rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the women's pair final. Pearce's side ensured the "feelgood factor" continued as the win saw GB top Group A and book a quarter-final meeting with South Korea.

Pearce said: "Today has been a fantastic day with Wiggins winning gold and that spreads right across Great Britain, it brings a feelgood factor to the Olympics and we are glad to have played our part this evening and got the result to get out of the group."

He added: "I also have to mention the women's team, them winning yesterday gave us a real good lift by beating Brazil. They have been playing a day before us and everytime they have got a good result we are trying to emulate them, which is fantastic."

Pearce also praised the support of the 64,000-strong crowd in Cardiff. There had been fears that the national anthem would not be well received in Cardiff, but there were no dissenting voices as God Save the Queen was delivered with gusto.

Pearce's side have shown steady signs of improvement as the tournament has progressed, and they continued to do so here.

The midfield triumvirate of Tom Cleverley, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen proving particularly impressive as Ryan Giggs was rested, while captain for the night Craig Bellamy was a nuisance throughout to the Uruguay defence.

Pearce added: "I thought all 18 of the players were fantastic, and it excites me to stay in the competition to play at least one more game with this group. We are improving game by game, our fitness levels are improving, our understanding is improving and some of the passing, especially in the first half, was outstanding."

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez refused to be critical of his players, as they became the second fancied side to exit the competition along with World and European champions Spain.

He said: "We were looking for something we didn't get from this game. We worked really hard and created chances even though GB in the last 15 minutes of the first half were better and had a lot of possession. We fought until the end and we have nothing to complain to the players about because they gave their all."

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02/08/2012 07:28
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Marred only by the booing. Pathetic.
02/08/2012 08:19
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Since the olympics has been on everyone seems to be happy. The country is pulling together and digging for victory. I have to applaud the Uruguay manager for taking defeat like a gentleman. What a refreshing change.
02/08/2012 10:45
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I must say, Aaron Ramsay, Joe Allen and Cleverley seem to be a very good trio in midfield, very impressive and solid.
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Odd sort of performance. Can't remember ever seeing an England team play with as much passing accuracy as  Team GB did in the first half  [although as half of them were Welsh that might have been a factor]. And yet again Bellamy -gobby as ever- played a blinder.

But in the second half, when they started to get under pressure, the accuracy and thinking went to pot and there were hints of panic in their play. Against that they all played as though they cared and wanted to be there. Not something you always see from the older players

Still, if they can hold it together to get through the first of the knock out stages  they do look good for a medal. Fingers crossed and so far, well done the lads and Stuart.

02/08/2012 09:41
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good performance from the lads ,against a side with some top players ,and good chance for the semis ,great to see a couple of gold medals on the board for team GB lets hope for quite a few more !!
02/08/2012 13:38
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what a good performance ,, and result too .. hat off to stuart ,, he has got this side to improve with every game ,, and lets face it unlike the international sides ,, this team has not played together before ,,, i hope they go all the way ,, think they can improve even more now ,,, keep it tight in defence and the goals will come ,,, well done lads ,,, and stuart ,,, good luck..
02/08/2012 10:12
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Im all for booing Suarez but to boo the national anthem was a disgrace.
02/08/2012 14:42
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Good performance, Allen, Ramsey and Cleverley were outstanding as was Craig Bellamy.  I do think, however, that Sturridge needs to play more for the team and do the simple things firs, rather than be so selfish.
02/08/2012 10:12
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Excellent Great Britain Football Team performance..............mud in the face for the tiny minority of    Anti Great Britain Football Team artificial football supporters....negative.Saddos.   They said no one would turn up to watch, wrong again, record Great Britain Football 'proper' supporters. Better than watching repeat individual home country matches.......... goal-less draw after goalless.  Well done all the team players of Great Britain.   Great Britain Football just Great.....Great....Great........
02/08/2012 09:27
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After bitting Uruguay yesterday and by the way GB played i think they can get a medal in this competition. The way they kept the ball was impresive to watch.
02/08/2012 22:02
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Will England ever play like that? .....Mark Lawrenson "No Chance"

Excellent job Stuart! Team GB doing its nation proud!
02/08/2012 11:17
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Must say this side is a darn site better than watching the old cogs like jog about aimlessly Rooney. etc.

 Think it augers well for Stu when he takes over from Roy.

 You know, seriously, there are english players that could be swapped for the Welsh lads etc.And visa versa of course.

 So this team does auger well for the home teams future.

02/08/2012 09:59
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It's easy to pass the ball when all eleven opposition players are in front of you. Passing the ball on your own 18 yard line doesnt say much.....Pearce when up against a decent team will park the bus as usual.

 

The English Olympic team will be glad of the token Welsh players as they attacked and they were the stars. Who ever picked Pearce as manager should lose his job too.

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