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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Dual » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:14 pm

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by GrinWithoutaKat » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:14 pm

That's so much better to see than Hodgson's reaction to the Iceland game.

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by DML » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:15 pm

Benzin wrote:I think Spurs rushed Kane back too quickly from his injury late on in the season, he's been poor since then...


HES WON THE GOLDEN BOOT YOU STRAWBERRY FLOATING TWAT

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Hime » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:15 pm

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Corazon de Leon wrote:Pathetic in the end.


It wasn't really though, was it? I mean, it wasn't, really.

It was disappointing, gutting, a little sloppy at times. Even despite not being a great team ourselves, we had it well within our capabilities to see the game out at 1-0.

But it wasn't pathetic.


One shot on goal in 120 minutes is pretty pathetic, in my view. When you’ve got 20 and 30 goal a season EPL strikers against Dejan Lovren and a keeper with a dodgy hamstring, you need to be doing a hell of a lot better than that.


Of course, we weren't creative enough, no-one is going to argue against that. But we weren't pathetic. We were threatening and our pace did worry them, just we couldn't finish these attacks off into something clinical. Our one shot was arguably the most clear-cut in the entire game. Had Kane scored (he should have), we might have seen the game out with one shot. Would it still have been pathetic then, to only have one shot in 90 minutes?

Pathetic is conspiring to give away an easy victory, of not giving enough effort, of horrendous mistakes, of not caring enough etc. Being sloppy in attack at times is not pathetic. Croatia aren't mugs, and back in the group stage many were tipping them as dark horses. Lovren is capable of playing well, he was part of the Liverpool side who got to the CL final. It's not pathetic to get knocked out by a side who have him in their defense or a keeper who had a slight niggle in the last game. It's ridiculous to think so, in my eyes, and merely reactive to the scoreline and defeat.

No-one's happy about how we struggle to score in open play, least of all me. This isn't breaking news though and has been going out throughout the tournament, so I'm not sure what's so pathetic about it now we have been beaten by a team that is, probably, a little better than us.

We were also 22 minutes away from actually seeing the game out. Whether we would have or not is moot, but we were fairly comfortable first half.

Again, it's hard to disagree. Losing because you're not good enough is different to losing because you don't care. However I do agree with Corz about players carrying injuries, it's pretty bad to play people who are clearly injured but also added absolutely nothing.

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Jenuall » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:17 pm

Parksey wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:
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Corazon de Leon wrote:Pathetic in the end.


It wasn't really though, was it? I mean, it wasn't, really.

It was disappointing, gutting, a little sloppy at times. Even despite not being a great team ourselves, we had it well within our capabilities to see the game out at 1-0.

But it wasn't pathetic.


One shot on goal in 120 minutes is pretty pathetic, in my view. When you’ve got 20 and 30 goal a season EPL strikers against Dejan Lovren and a keeper with a dodgy hamstring, you need to be doing a hell of a lot better than that.


Of course, we weren't creative enough, no-one is going to argue against that. But we weren't pathetic. We were threatening and our pace did worry them, just we couldn't finish these attacks off into something clinical. Our one shot was arguably the most clear-cut in the entire game. Had Kane scored (he should have), we might have seen the game out with one shot. Would it still have been pathetic then, to only have one shot in 90 minutes?

Pathetic is conspiring to give away an easy victory, of not giving enough effort, of horrendous mistakes, of not caring enough etc. Being sloppy in attack at times is not pathetic. Croatia aren't mugs, and back in the group stage many were tipping them as dark horses. Lovren is capable of playing well, he was part of the Liverpool side who got to the CL final. It's not pathetic to get knocked out by a side who have him in their defense or a keeper who had a slight niggle in the last game. It's ridiculous to think so, in my eyes, and merely reactive to the scoreline and defeat.

No-one's happy about how we struggle to score in open play, least of all me. This isn't breaking news though and has been going out throughout the tournament, so I'm not sure what's so pathetic about it now we have been beaten by a team that is, probably, a little better than us.

We were also 22 minutes away from actually seeing the game out. Whether we would have or not is moot, but we were fairly comfortable first half.


Yeah I refuse to slag off this team or this particular performance. We had a very positive first half and could easily have been another goal or two up if we'd been more clinical. We did create chances and we did play some decent positive football, we also manages to nullify a lot of their most creative forces for a good chunk of the game.

We went downhill in the second half but it is incredibly rare for a team to dominate for an entire game at this stage of a competition, you are always going to have periods where you are under pressure and you hope you either weather the storm or that the luck goes your way. In the first half that's what Croatia managed to do when we were on top. The margins in these situations are always incredibly thin - if Walker gets his head on that cross to stop the first Croatia goal then it's a completely different story, same if Kane puts his chance away in the first half.

We had a great tournament and I'm proud of these players for what they achieved, both in their performances and their attitudes in general. A semi final of the world cup and a team and manager that actually make you proud to get behind them, after all the crap we've been through for the last 20+ years - I'll take that thanks!

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Irene Demova » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:18 pm

DML wrote:
Benzin wrote:I think Spurs rushed Kane back too quickly from his injury late on in the season, he's been poor since then...


HES WON THE GOLDEN BOOT YOU STRAWBERRY FLOATING TWAT

with penalties, a fluke deflection and two headers from corners that he pretty much stood still for after a centre back made a strong initial header
he's had moments from open play but hardly anything compared to what you'd see from him in even a single england friendly before the injury

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Corazon de Leon » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:19 pm

Parksey wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:
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Corazon de Leon wrote:Pathetic in the end.


It wasn't really though, was it? I mean, it wasn't, really.

It was disappointing, gutting, a little sloppy at times. Even despite not being a great team ourselves, we had it well within our capabilities to see the game out at 1-0.

But it wasn't pathetic.


One shot on goal in 120 minutes is pretty pathetic, in my view. When you’ve got 20 and 30 goal a season EPL strikers against Dejan Lovren and a keeper with a dodgy hamstring, you need to be doing a hell of a lot better than that.


Of course, we weren't creative enough, no-one is going to argue against that. But we weren't pathetic. We were threatening and our pace did worry them, just we couldn't finish these attacks off into something clinical. Our one shot was arguably the most clear-cut in the entire game. Had Kane scored (he should have), we might have seen the game out with one shot. Would it still have been pathetic then, to only have one shot in 90 minutes?

Pathetic is conspiring to give away an easy victory, of not giving enough effort, of horrendous mistakes, of not caring enough etc. Being sloppy in attack at times is not pathetic. Croatia aren't mugs, and back in the group stage many were tipping them as dark horses. Lovren is capable of playing well, he was part of the Liverpool side who got to the CL final. It's not pathetic to get knocked out by a side who have him in their defense or a keeper who had a slight niggle in the last game. It's ridiculous to think so, in my eyes, and merely reactive to the scoreline and defeat.

No-one's happy about how we struggle to score in open play, least of all me. This isn't breaking news though and has been going out throughout the tournament, so I'm not sure what's so pathetic about it now we have been beaten by a team that is, probably, a little better than us.

We were also 22 minutes away from actually seeing the game out. Whether we would have or not is moot, but we were fairly comfortable first half.


I’ll answer all of these points in order

1. It’s pathetic because after half time England didn’t look capable of getting a shot together, and defended absolutely calamitously - Croatia could’ve won 3-1 or 4-1 in normal time and we’re unlucky not to do that. As someone else said, they could barely string five passes together from about the fiftieth minute onwards - it’s a pathetic end to what had been a very good tournament.

2. With that in mind, england absolutely did conspire to give away an easy victory(by completely retreating into themselves), make horrendous mistakes(the marking for the second goal, the bizarre knockabout and clearance from Pickford that almost gifted Croatia a 1v1 at 1-1 and looked beyond shaky towards the middle period of the second half and beyond.

3. You don’t have the right to tell me what I’m reacting to. I’m far from a committed and reactive England fan, they’re not even my first choice of national team to support. But if you must know I’m reacting to the second half and extra time performance - to go from being fairly comfortable to completely falling apart is, in my view, fairly shocking.

4. Croatia aren’t particularly better than England. Obviously the FIFA rankings aren’t the be all and end all of judging a football team but England are, or were, higher than Croatia before the tournament started. As well as that, Croatia looked very poor at the back against Russia and their players looked tired and in trouble towards the end of that match, even when they were 2-1 up. They never looked like anything but the better team after they equalised tonight.

So yeah, that’s my view on it, feel free to disagree. I’m absolutely not commenting on their performance as a whole, which I was very impressed by. I’d sum it up as a very good and assured tournament which ended with a very disappointing and, yes, pathetic performance right at the death. There’s a lot to build on but that was not a good football match.

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by the eponymous bollock » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:20 pm

Roy Keane :lol:

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by KK » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:20 pm

BANTER in the ITV studios.

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Dual » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:21 pm

Wrighty and Keane :lol:

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Corazon de Leon » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:21 pm

Keane :lol:

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by andretmzt » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:22 pm

Watching Bilic and Keane has cheered me up. :lol:

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by GrinWithoutaKat » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:23 pm

:lol: I hate Keane but that's probably the most I've enjoyed any ITV punditry in years :lol:

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Hime » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:25 pm

What happened?

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Tineash » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:26 pm

There's a possibility it isn't coming home guys.

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by GrinWithoutaKat » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:27 pm

Hime wrote:What happened?


Keane got annoyed at Wright for getting ahead of himself and acting like England were already in the final, and they were just shouting over each other by the end of it.

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Spindash » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:29 pm

Hime wrote:Again, it's hard to disagree. Losing because you're not good enough is different to losing because you don't care. However I do agree with Corz about players carrying injuries, it's pretty bad to play people who are clearly injured but also added absolutely nothing.


I get the feeling that Southgate only has 12 or 13 players he sees as fitting the system. He's not exactly been quick to make subs in this tournament.

Anyway it's been memorable. V proud of the team even if they came up short tonight. I was expecting Croatia to tire towards the end but they showed the advantages of having so many senior players.

2020 it's coming home.

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Qikz » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:30 pm

gooseberry fool strawberry floating GAME

I drunk a littrle too much so strawberry float

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by KK » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:30 pm

England lost their third place play-off against Italy in 1990, 2-1.

A Bronze is coming home. :datass:

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PostRe: World Cup 2018 - CRO-ENG
by Tomous » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:31 pm

England’s vulnerabilities and weaknesses were exposed, and if Kane takes that chance maybe it would be different, but they’ve gone out to an absolute midfield masterclass from Modric. Just ran the show. I have no idea why Southgate didn’t respond to it and try deal with it. It might not have worked but he should have at least tried.

Still, great tournament for England, one to be proud of.


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