Saturday, June 19, 2010

Barnsley's nightmare

Kindred blogger Barnsley Bill will be a broken man this morning. He must have believed that it was impossible for his beloved England team to play as badly again as they did against the USA.

England didn't play as badly; they were far, far worse. Algeria had to beat Egypt in a play-off match to even qualify for the World Cup. Today, they held the mighty English to a nil-all draw in possibly the worst match of the World Cup to date. England now sits third in Group C, level on points with the USA, but with two fewer goals scored. Slovenia, England's next opponent leads the group, and needs only a draw to qualify, whilst the USA plays Algeria in the last round.

Can England regroup and do the business against Slovenia? Of course they can, but on the basis of what we've seen to date, we wouldn't bet the house on it. We suspect that it's all going to end in tears.


UPDATE: From the BBC website:

England's World Cup hopes hang in the balance as they were held to a disappointing draw by Algeria after a wretched display in Cape Town.

Fabio Capello's side now need to beat Slovenia on Wednesday to ensure qualification to the knockout stages.

England felt the full force of the fury of the thousands of fans who flooded Cape Town in the vain hope of seeing a performance that improved on their first draw against the United States in Rustenburg.

Instead, they were rewarded with a performance that was the worst of Capello's reign, with Algeria fully deserving the point they celebrated with such elation at the final whistle.


Ouch!


12 comments:

pdm said...

Would it be rude to point out to BB that as we speak that NZ are first equal in their group while England are only 3rd in theirs?

There will be a lot of limp looking flags on cars in London tomorrow.

alex Masterley said...

I watched the game.
My youngest wanted to watch whatever was on the Disney channel. In hindsight I would have been better off watching that with him.
The poms were dire.
To say they were "crap" does a disservice to the word "crap".

James Stephenson said...

Utterly woeful - how much do theseclowns earn per week?

Send Heskey home, push Rooney up front properly and Stevie G in behind him. Carrick on to protect the back four.

Inventory2 said...

@ James - I heard on the radio last night that the AVERAGE earnings for the England team is 160k per week - not sure if that was GBP or NZ$. Whichever, it's a darned sight more than I earn in a year!

Manolo said...

And I bloody lost $100 TAB money in the process too. Useless POms.

Barnsley Bill said...

Now wait just a minute...... Oh, fuck it. I've got nothing.
My mood is as dark as an All Black fan every four years

Inventory2 said...

He's arisen! Point taken about the All Blacks, but at least their last WC win was in your lifetime ...

James Stephenson said...

It'll be NZ$, Gerrard's on 100k sterling...bring back Venables I say...as a player!

Inventory2 said...

lol James - maybe they need Nobby Stiles and Sir Stanley Matthrews as well ...

James Stephenson said...

My mate had his kitchen re-done by a bloke trading as Nobby's Tiles...

pdm said...

On a more serious note I heard on the Beeb news that a disgruntled (former)fan got into the English dressing room after the game and demaded the players refund him his travel and ticket costs.

True story as far as I am aware.

Hey BB even the AB's got past pool play after two games last time.

pdm said...

On a more serious note I heard on the Beeb news that a disgruntled (former)fan got into the English dressing room after the game and demaded the players refund him his travel and ticket costs.

True story as far as I am aware.

Hey BB even the AB's got past pool play after two games last time.