Team GB held by Senegal

Pearce Under-21 England managerTeam GB opened their Olympics campaign on Thursday with an unconvincing 1-1 draw against African side Senegal.

Craig Bellamy gave Stuart Pearce’s men a perfect start when he opened the scoring on 20 minutes, but Moussa Konate denied the hosts all three points with a strike eight minutes from time.

Pearce admitted that not seeing the game out was a cause for frustration.

“The fact we got our noses in front and didn’t nail the game – and if we had moved the ball quicker we might have done – is a frustration,” Pearce told reporters after the game.

“It would have been nice to win and now we have to deal with the disappointment of conceding a late goal.

“As I know from my own experience as a player, the first game is always a nervous affair. There were a few nervous faces in the dressing room beforehand.

“There are big expectations on the host nation but it was fantastic to be applauded out by all the staff,” he concluded.

Team GB take on UAE on Sunday in their next game.

By Gareth McKnight