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Don’t Cry - They’re Only Onions…

14th June 2004

I feel compelled to help raise collective spirits after last night’s mugging at the hands of the French team. Last night we sat there shell-shocked after the Gallic ones had pulled two goals out of nothing in the final three minutes of the game.

England goal

So, a quick “well done” to England for some staunch defending, a fantastic goal from Lampard, and the wonderful fearless excursions of whipper-snapper Rooney…

I was especially proud of newcomer Ledley King. He didn’t put a foot wrong, and dealt with everything that came his way. Defensively we were smart enough to keep Henry, Pires and Trezuguet quiet for most of the match - key to holding our own against the best team in the world. We actually managed to keep the ball at times, with some smart one-touch passing. Crikey.

I was also very impressed with Cole and Lampard, and maybe Beckham for his tracking back and defensive work, but was disappointed in Steven Gerrard, mainly for the pass-back that led to the second French goal. Why Steven? Why…

So, I’m hoping everyone can stay upbeat for the next two games. We’ve nothing to fear from Switzerland or Croatia, especially if we are as organised as we were against France. The team didn’t get thrashed, didn’t disgrace themselves. They almost won the game, but you just can’t legislate for the sheer brilliance of Zinedine Zidane. It’s a shame we gifted them their two late goals, but hey…that’s football.

Stay positive folks. We’ll get our revenge in the final…

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# Mike responded on 14th June 2004 with...

Pretty upsetting result. Some great individual performances, but bloody stupid errors at the end. The woe.

Still, it was France. If we play like that for the rest of the tournament we’ll have it in the bag. Come on Rooney!

# Simon Collison responded on 14th June 2004 with...

Hmm, it seems few of you are prepared to get out of bed today. Fair enough…

# Lee Hickman responded on 15th June 2004 with...

I agree with everything you’ve said Mr C. It’s pretty much the same way I feel about the first performace. We’ll get through the group stage but it always has to be difficult, and I always end up drinking to much beer in the pub because it’s so damn nerve racking.

Check out this post over on ooh Gravy for an interesting debate on retired footballers being better than Michael Owen!

Ooh footbal, in’t it great.

# Andy Mac responded on 15th June 2004 with...

I can’t blame Steven Gerrard, if anyone was at fault in those last depressing minutes of the game then it would have to be Emile Heskey.
What was he thinking when he made that idiotic tackle (worthy of a division one player) on the edge of the area - when the player with the ball was being covered by two defenders (and was running away from goal)? That’s what put England on the back foot.

Still, better now than in the final eh? Roll on Switzerland.

# Simon Collison responded on 15th June 2004 with...

Gerrard had a good game - but fell foul of concentration-loss and shock in those bizarre final minutes. He’ll bounce back, but Heskey seems to have upset the whole nation.

I’ve just watched Germany vs Holland, and I’m most upset that nobody spat at Rudi Voller - isn’t that what international football is about? Dear, dear…

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