Sunday, September 05, 2004

Austria 2 - 2 England

Well what an odd game. David James, or "Calamity James" as the press have nicknamed him lets us down again. For the first, it was a great shot that he didn't have much of a chance with but the second was Hislop-esque. Eriksson rushed to his defence with very similar words to Harry Redknapp a few games ago: "It happens in football, but he has saved us so many times before, so it's not a problem." He then followed these words with: "I am quite sure that David will play on Wednesday." Which brings me to who else would we play? Robinson hasn't got much experience but then look at Casillas captain of Spain, I believe. Rob Green, of Norwich, looks like another good prospect - one they may not hang on to if they can't stay up. Then there's Chris Kirkland who just hasn't played enough games but has showed promise in those he has. He needs to play regularly somewhere else (but NOT Coventry as was in the press) and stay injury free.

Calamity James
(May not be 100% accurate)

Gerrard's goal was quality and looked very similar to our own Matty Holland's goal against Boro last season. Apart from that, we dominated most of the game but were poor at times. The Cole-Bridge partnership looked impressive and should continue provided Bridge recovers from minor injury. As for THAT decision to bring off Gerrard, comical, but what can you do? - talk to each other??

"It was a bit of a misunderstanding. Wayne Bridge had a kick on his Achilles and I signalled to the bench to change him - and they changed me. I thought the manager wanted me to come off but he thought I had signalled to come off - it's one of those things, I can't do anything about it." - Gerrard.

Elsewhere Rep. of Ireland overcame Cyprus with a 3-0 win. Andy Reid scored an absolute stunner which will probably cause his price to rise.

Kish's Bulgaria beat Hreidarsson's Iceland 3-1, Andersen and Rommedahl didn't feature but star addick of that day was Talal El-Karkouri who scored a stunning 35 yard free kick.....nice.

....and the Argys are losing their reputation for a dirty, battling team.

Handbags at the ready
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