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We got what we deserved...

We got what we deserved...

I had said a few times that I would not mind, maybe even would not care if England did not get through to Euro 2008 - now that we have done just that, not qualified, I am absolutely gutted...

Basically tonight summed up our whole qualification campaign, it was a shambles as has been the whole process. Spineless Steve is to blame, the players are also to blame but the ones to blame most of all are the ones that are even more spineless than anyone, the fat cats at the Football Association.

Instead of counting the money, they need to start looking out for the best of English football again - and this means firstly looking at themselves in the mirror, then many of them moving aside, failing that they need to look at who is in charge, but then again most of the players need to do the same as well...

Spineless Steve has to do the honourable thing and resign, if he wont then the FA have to do the next best thing and ask him to move on, but then again as said these fellas need to look at themselves too as they are as much to blame as anyone, probably more so as Spineless Steve was never the right man.

We were given a lifeline at the weekend but we blew it tonight.

Credit where it is due does have to go to Croatia who were fantastic but we basically got what we deserved, not just from tonight's showing, in which we were poor, but for the whole performance over 12 games.

On the match itself I do not want to say I, or should I say 'we' told you so and do not lay the blame at Scott Carson's door as I feel really sorry for him but this was a game that I do not think that he should have started in as only his 2nd cap, the 1st qualifying game probably, the last - probably not... and this is not said in hindsight - you fellas know my thoughts on this issue - which is a wonderful thing.

As I say the blame is not being put on Carson, he is a fantastic keeper and is the future for England. We lost it over 12 games, it should not have come down to the final game.

Well what can you say, at least we can look forward to a home nations championship this summer - unless the FA are too frightened to take part?

Anyway, at least Pompey return this weekend - come on fellas lets bring home 3 points.


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Date:Wednesday November 21 2007
Time: 10:42PM

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You're right, we didn't deserve to take our place at the table. Croatia played extremely well (Kranky and Olic in particular), and our bizarre team selection (well....Carson mostly) certainly didn't help. It really brought it home when the Beeb commentary team were praying for an Andorra goal after the game.....
21/11/2007 22:55:00
It's just as well that neither Robbo nor Calamity were in goal tonight otherwise the blame would have been deflected from where it truly lies - with Maclaren and the FA. The press will cut Carson some slack, unlike our senior goalkeepers! I won't be happy if its just Maclaren that gets sacked - BARWICK MUST GO TOO!!!!
21/11/2007 23:15:00
Id sack the lot, manager, board and over paid prima donna players, just not good enough
21/11/2007 23:22:00
totally agree mate that spineless steve's head isnt the only that should roll - and probably will with an 'emergency meeting' called tomorrow, that fat pig brian barwick - and his 'friends' - also need to be held accountable for their actions, or should that be lack of them...
21/11/2007 23:27:00
as far as robbo or 'calamity' - a tag jamo lost long ago in all fairness - i admit i am glad jamo wasnt at fault, but tbh i do not think he would have conceded as carson did... i feel for carson, he made a real balls up and looked dodgy in the 1st half but made a fine save in the 2nd... yep i know you have to 'blood' new players at some point, but there is a 'right' and a 'wrong' time, the final must not lose qualifier isnt and wasnt the right time for this - and i have been arguing this point for the last week or more!
21/11/2007 23:28:00
the only fella to come out of the game with any credit was crouchy - he showed just why i think he would be a fantastic signing if we could get him back... how the hell did fat frank pick up the man of the match award? was stevie wonder judging this or something...
21/11/2007 23:30:00
What infuriates me most is that we all knew that the England don't know how to coach 4-5-1. Whenever they've played anything other than 4-4-2, they've f***ed it up. Never mind spineless Steve - it's brainless Steve! .. and if your going to play one up front, put someone there who's used to playing that role - not Crouch's fault but he's no lone striker and Barry's no holding midfielder! I'm just ranting now but MACLAREN IS AN IDIOT!!!!
21/11/2007 23:33:00
Rug, your joking surely, how was fat frank mom?? Just not in the game. Jamo just wouldnt of let that 1st goal in!!
21/11/2007 23:40:00
Thought England looked a better team with Beckham in it, more urgency and a bit of passion. Crouch took his goal well.
21/11/2007 23:41:00
its good to have a rant mate - it releases the frustration and agression, saves the dog or cat taking a shoeing :-) at least we wont have to go through a penalty shoot-out defeat in the last 8 as usual... if croatia can pull it all together and delivery the good they could be a strong candidate to win euro 2008, they will be the team i will be supporting anyway, krunchie can help inspire them to victory!
21/11/2007 23:43:00
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