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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Just Typical...

England 0-0 Macedonia

Well, I suppose that after 3 wins on the bounce and some good performances to go with it, we were due a bad one... it was just a shame that is was the one that myself and DJ chose to go to!!

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The day started brightly enough, and despite the M6 being it's normal, charming self, we arrived in plenty of time to take in the impressive Old Trafford! I personally, have been to the home of Manchester United several times watching Rangers, but it has changed a bit somewhat since then. Our tickets were in one of the newly opened 'Quadrant' sections and despite it being high up and about 14 flights of stairs to climb to get there, the view was maginificent!

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The acoustics inside the ground are perfect and the atmosphere created from the 72,000 crowd was amazing. All that was missing today was a good performance from England.

England looked inept and never really controlled the game, in fact, the better chances on the day fell to Macedonia. Wayne Rooney looked desperately low on confidence and was completely out of sorts. Stewart Downing sadly looks completely out of his depths at International level. Performances of note came from Ledley King and my personal Man of the Match - Peter Crouch. But despite not playing well, we still created enough chances to have won the game comfortably!

England: Robinson, Gary Neville, Terry, King, Cole, Gerrard, Lampard, Carrick, Downing (Wright-Phillips 70), Rooney (Defoe 74), Crouch. Subs Not Used: Kirkland, Phil Neville, Carragher, Parker, Bent.

Gladly, the motorways were a bit kinder to us on the way back as we managed to get back in time to catch Dog Chewed The Handle's second set at The Cross Pub, Maple Cross - which as always, Rocked!!



  • At 2:20 pm, Anonymous SB said…

    Yup, agreed with nearly all that Lofty.

    I was at the game too, in the North stand. The atmosphere wasn't as good as it could have been, considering the attendance, but I suspect the crowd were muted by the poor England performance.

    Just wanted to add that Fatty Lampard was rubbish as well, gave the ball away far too much & looks "one paced" - time for the lumbering primadonna to be dropped to give him a kick up the backside.
    He shouldn't be dispensed with totally though - he was England's best player a couple of years ago.

    Back to the bread and butter of the Championship next week - and boy am I looking forward to it!


  • At 4:31 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Cheers SB :)

    Well, the atmosphere was buzzing before the game, so perhaps your right that it died off a bit with the poor performance! I agree with Lampard, he was shocking, but I couldn't really single him out as there were so many other shocking performances...

    As for next week, me too!! In fact, I so wish there wasn't an International break this time... so different to actually craving one before now! ;)

  • At 7:15 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well lofty i think i made clear my opinions of lampard during the game :-) It is typical after some good performances and goalfests for the england team we go to watch them and it is like watching eriksons team again. Gerrard is not the answer on the right he is one of the best centre midfielder's in the world and should be used there rather than being moved out wide to accomodate a player not in form. Overall a good day out just a shame that between five and seven was so boring.


  • At 9:09 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Well DJ, your opinions of Lampard from Saturday cannot be published on these pages!! ;)

    I agree with you about Gerrard and the answer to the right hand side of midfield, if McClaren would swallow his stupid pride and not give it the BIG 'I'm In Charge' syndrome!!

    It was a top quality day mate, even compensated for the football :)


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