England manager Fabio Capello expressed his delight following the 2-0 victory over Wales as a switch in system paid dividends.
The Three Lions set up with a 4-3-3 formation at the Millennium Stadium, with Scott Parker and Jack Wilshere impressing in midfield alongside Frank Lampard.
Central striker Darren Bent was supported up front by Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney, who stayed wide when England did not have the ball.
Capello admits that he decided on such a strategy after seeing Wales in action against other teams, and was thrilled it proved so effective.
"We played really well, we passed the ball quickly and created chances to score goals with no chances for Wales," he said.
"The goals that we scored were really nice and in every moment we were focused on the game which was important.
"I decided, after watching games Wales have played, I decided for Parker and two midfielders.
"I decided for a new position for Rooney and Ashley Young.
"When we are defending they stay wide, when we have the ball Wayne comes in and it was a problem for Wales.
"This formation is really good because some players like Ashley Young are improving a lot."
The one downside for Capello was a yellow card for Rooney which means he will miss the next qualifier against Switzerland.
"I know, I told him he will miss the next game, it's not good news for us," the Italian added.
Capello also hopes to talk to Rio Ferdinand over the coming days and explain why he was stood down as captain in favour of John Terry.
"Yes, I hope that I will meet him and speak with him about what really happened and my decision," Capello said.