Jack Wilshere felt England were a lot more comfortable against Wales after adopting a 4-3-3 formation.
National coach Fabio Capello broke from tradition at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, ditching the 4-4-2 system he has stuck to religiously during his reign.
Scott Parker and Frank Lampard were deployed alongside Wilshere in the middle of the park, with Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney providing support to central frontman Darren Bent.
The tactical tweak paid dividends as England raced into an early two-goal lead, courtesy of Lampard and Bent, and looked comfortable throughout.
Arsenal starlet Wilshere was pleased to have been handed a role similar to that he enjoys with the Gunners and believes the whole side benefited from playing in a system more suited to their individual abilities.
He said: "It was a good game to come into. A big game, a derby game, and we won, so we are happy and the 4-3-3 system worked well today.
"We got the opening two goals and that was the idea, to press them high, get early goals. We did that and we made it comfortable for ourselves.
"They had some chances but we felt in control of the game."
Wilshere added: "The midfield shape worked well. We play it at Arsenal and it works better with one holding and two going forward.
"Scotty was great and so was Frank in there. It made it easy for me to play.
"You have to thank Scotty for that performance today and Frank is always great for England and they were brilliant again today."
Victory in Cardiff helped to lift England back to the top of Euro 2012 qualification Group G, and Everton defender Phil Jagielka, who joined the action as a late substitute, feels the Three Lions can take heart from an impressive all-round performance.
He said: said: "The players were at it from the world go.
"We had a fantastic start to the game and thankfully saw it out and we've got the three points to go back top of the group.
"That fast start did make a difference. It quietened the crowd down and we were pretty much in control for the rest of the game.
"Getting back on top of the group was the whole purpose of the exercise."