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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A Win is a Win...


Macedonia 0-1 England

A goal from Peter Crouch in the first minute of the second half, was enough for England in a battling performance in Macedonia.


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Crouch made it 11 goals in 14 England games, crashing home Lampard's cross via the crossbar. The ball clearly crossed the line but bounced out again, but it was a relief when the referee finally pointed towards the centre circle to award the goal - as previously, he had penalised almost every move Crouch made. He even turned away the most blatant of penalty appeals in the first half as Crouch was practically wrestled to the ground.

Overall, it wasn't the goal festival that we have been treated to under McClaren so far, but it was a solid and battling away performance from England. As expected, Macedonia were tough opponents and in the second half, gave England a few scares - including a late goalmouth scramble that was eventually cleared at the second attempt, by Ashley Cole.

England: Robinson, Neville, Terry, Ferdinand, Cole, Gerrard, Hargreaves, Lampard, Downing, Crouch, Defoe. Subs: Foster, Bridge, Brown, Carrick, Lennon, Bent, Johnson.

Lofty's Man of the Match - John Terry

Going back to my previous report on the Andorra game, and stating that there are still indeed some easy International games, the result from San Marino has gone a long way to proving the point - San Marino 0-13 Germany!!


©LOFTY

4 Comments:

  • At 8:32 am, Anonymous SB said…

    San Marino 0-13 Germany

    That's ruthless German efficiency for you! Or perhaps San Marino Hospitality!!

    from the San Marino Official Tourism Guide....

    "Come to San Marino....and improve your goal difference!"

     
  • At 9:15 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    I think it is San Marino hospitality... I mean, even Scotland scored 6??!!?? ;)

    That is being a bit TOO over generous!

     
  • At 6:33 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    it was not particulary an entertaining game or a decent performance from england, but the main thing is the 3 points from a difficult away game. There were smoe positives from this game, the performances of john terry and owen hargreaves who were everywhere and peter crouch continuing his amazing goalscoring record for england.

    the midfield did not really impress me yesterday and lampard had another below par performance, If only he played like that for chelsea :)

    DJ

     
  • At 6:36 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Cheers DJ and thanks for the comment.The site gets lots of readers, but the comments make it all worthwhile for me, it becomes a bit mundane otherwise...

    I agree about Lampard, but what can you do if he keeps performing for his Club - tricky one! As for the game, well I enjoyed it much more than Andorra and thought we battled well. It's refreshing at times to 'win ugly' such to speak.

     

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