Dawson: Job not done yet for U21s
Craig Dawson was pleased to net the winner for England U21s against Serbia but knows a tough test awaits in the Euro 2013 play-off second leg.
The West Brom defender's second-half penalty proved decisive for the Young Lions as they eked out a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Norwich on Friday.
"It was a good win and a great team performance," the centre-back said after grabbing his fifth goal in nine Under-21 appearances.
"It is always nice to score for your country and whenever you can you've got to try to take your chance.
"While it is nice to score, keeping clean sheets is the main task.
"It was a great team performance and we defended from the front. We deserved the clean sheet.
"It is going to be a tough game in Serbia. It is only half-time in the tie so there is a lot of work to be done."
Serbia came into the match fresh from topping qualifying Group Four, with a record of five wins and three draws.
The defeat was their first in qualifying for Euro 2013, although it was by no means an easy victory for England despite dominating for the most part.
"They were definitely hard to break down," Dawson said. "It was hard but we have quality throughout the team and they did well to create chances.
"One of the main points was that we had to try to keep the tempo up and hopefully the chances would come.
"We've got a lot of quality so we will create a lot of chances and hopefully get a win out there as well."
England now travel to Serbia for Tuesday's return leg with Stuart Pearce hoping to lead his country to a fourth successive UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The Young Lions manager will be hoping he can call upon Jack Rodwell for the clash in Krusevac after the Manchester City midfielder came off at half-time through injury.
"His hamstring tightened up so we will see how it settles down overnight before we make any judgment on him," Pearce said.
"We didn't want to take a chance for club or country so we will see how he settles down and if he is not right he will not travel with us."