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Taylor secures win for England women in Netherlands

Jodie Taylor scored her sixth goal for England

Jodie Taylor scored her sixth goal for England

England extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches as substitute Jodie Taylor’s goal sealed a hard-fought friendly win over Euro 2017 hosts the Netherlands.

The Lionesses showed grit in a game of few chances in Tilburg, notably when Lucy Bronze blocked from Ellen Jansen.

Mark Sampson’s side improved after the break and Toni Duggan produced a low save from Loes Gurts after a solo run.

And after a spell of Dutch pressure, Jordan Nobbs’ long ball sent Taylor racing clear to lob the winner.

Sampson gets his wish

Sampson joined his squad late for the fixture having returned from the birth of his first child, and he punched the air when Taylor scored her sixth England goal.

The England boss had explained he wanted this fixture to test his side – who do not play again until a friendly with Italy in April – as they prepare for the European Championships in July.

His decision to introduce Taylor to offer more support to the often-isolated Duggan proved key and he will undoubtedly be pleased with how his defenders restricted a side seeded ninth for next summer’s European Championships.

England have now conceded just one goal in eight matches, defensive form which has set up their best run since an 11-game unbeaten sequence between March 2012 and June 2013.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Netherlands Women 0, England 1.

Second Half ends, Netherlands Women 0, England 1.

Attempt saved. Sisca Folkertsma (Netherlands Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ellen Jansen.

Substitution, England. Alex Scott replaces Isobel Christiansen.

Foul by Stephanie Houghton (England).

Stefanie van der Gragt (Netherlands Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Netherlands Women. Conceded by Jo Potter.

Attempt missed. Stefanie van der Gragt (Netherlands Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Shanice Van de Sanden.

Offside, England. Stephanie Houghton tries a through ball, but Jodie Taylor is caught offside.

Lucy Bronze (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shanice Van de Sanden (Netherlands Women).

Attempt missed. Sherida Spitse (Netherlands Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jill Roord.

Foul by Lucy Bronze (England).

Sisca Folkertsma (Netherlands Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jodie Taylor (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stefanie van der Gragt (Netherlands Women).

Substitution, England. Fara Williams replaces Karen Carney.

Substitution, England. Gilly Flaherty replaces Toni Duggan.

Goal! Netherlands Women 0, England 1. Jodie Taylor (England) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs with a through ball following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Jill Roord (Netherlands Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ellen Jansen.

Corner, Netherlands Women. Conceded by Lucy Bronze.

Substitution, Netherlands Women. Sisca Folkertsma replaces Lineth Beerensteyn.

Corner, Netherlands Women. Conceded by Isobel Christiansen.

Attempt blocked. Shanice Van de Sanden (Netherlands Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sherida Spitse.

Attempt blocked. Lineth Beerensteyn (Netherlands Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Netherlands Women. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

Foul by Jade Moore (England).

Jill Roord (Netherlands Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (England).

Substitution, Netherlands Women. Jill Roord replaces Lieke Martens.

Attempt saved. Toni Duggan (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Demi Stokes.

Foul by Jade Moore (England).

Shanice Van de Sanden (Netherlands Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, England. Conceded by Desiree van Lunteren.

Corner, England. Conceded by Desiree van Lunteren.

Attempt blocked. Toni Duggan (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jodie Taylor (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mandy van den Berg (Netherlands Women).

Jade Moore (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38129526