There are a lot of cliches that go with winning (and losing) but I don't think that masks the fact both teams were pretty average on the whole. England were better than us though and deserved to win. They won the key moments in the series and that included the last game.
I don't see it as not giving England credit though, the whole series mattered not just the last game. Both teams were guilty of not taking chances that would have seen them win (England earlier than they eventually did). It's to their credit they came back from that and were victorious in the end. Player's on both team's performances were what they were regardless of the result though.