Southgate's boys take victoryEngland under 21s earned a comfortable victory at Madejski Stadium, seeing off Moldova 1-0 in Gareth Southgate's first game in charge.
West Brom's Saido Berahino opened the scoring early in the first half, and the young Three Lions never looked back. But for a good performance from visiting goalkeeper Alexei Koselev and a couple of clear chances missed, Southgate's men would have added a shedload more.
Our manager Nigel Adkins was on hand to watch the game, as were a number of our first team squad, while the boss also asked the Royals' under 21s to attend as part of their football development.
Our youngsters saw Berahino open the deadlock with a high finish from a tight angle, and he then went close again soon after.
Tom Carroll should have scored and Andre Wisdom had two efforts saved before the break, then in front of his former boss Adkins, Southampton's Luke Shaw saw a good strike palmed wide.
Berahino and the impressive Zaha also tried their luck within the first few minutes after the break, while Nathan Redmond ought to have added a second before the hour.
Zaha then headed over a great chance before Will Hughes put one just narrowly off target from outside the box.
Berahino then missed from very close range in search of a second and Hughes saw one cleared off the line, but it was of no consequence as the youngsters took three points in this first qualifying game for the 2015 UEFA Championships.
England: Butland; Stones, Shaw, Keane, Wisdom (c); Chalobah, Ward-Prowse (Hughes 66), Carroll; Redmond (Ameobi 75), Zaha, Berahino (H Kane 86)
Subs: Long, T Kane, Robinson, Dier
Official man of the match: Saido Berahino