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Tonight
#1
What is there to say?

On one hand we did well to be there. On the other we were within reach of the World Cup final and we blew it:

This is not meant as a pop at Southgate, he and the squad have been brilliant all tournament, but IMO he got it wrong tonight.
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#2
(07-11-2018, 10:04 PM)Duffmon Wrote: What is there to say?

On one hand we did well to be there. On the other we were within reach of the World Cup final and we blew it:

This is not meant as a pop at Southgate, he and the squad have been brilliant all tournament, but IMO he got it wrong tonight.

Just a game to far for inexperienced lads on tired legs. 

Croatia are an excellent team and did enough tonight to deserve it I reckon.
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#3
Croatia stepped up second half... we didnt. Southgate too inexperienced to make a change that can effect the game when momentum was shifting. Ultimately though we dont make enough chances other than free kicks and corners. Best team won.
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#4
Yes he could have done better, wrong is hard. Both teams made mistakes sadly our luck ran out tonight.
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#5
Southgate’s almost made a virtue of saying “This is how we’re going to play and we’re not changing it.” The concern is that there appeared to be no plan B once it was obvious that Croatia had been dominating the play for a long period. 

In truth though, beyond the first team, there wasn’t really much in reserve to alter the game. Too much of our hope rested on Rashford, and it just didn’t work. This may or may not be an ongoing theme with the lack of English talent in the Premier League to pick from. 

So near, yet so far.

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#6
like many here no doubt, when we didn't take those first half chances after dominating the play I feared that we'd given the game away...seen that far too many times...so, disappointed but not downhearted - they did us proud...and I liked the way Southgate encouraged those players sitting on the ground to stand up and applaud the fans - he's a good lad
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#7
Hard to critise really as they all played their hearts out.

Walker was the weak link in defence.
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#8
(07-11-2018, 10:23 PM)TheUnit Wrote: Hard to critise really as they all played their hearts out.

Walker was the weak link in defence.

Thought Walker bailed us out 2/3 times with his pace. Stones was the one caught out for the winning goal.

You’re right though, it’s hard to criticise any of them really.
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#9
(07-11-2018, 10:23 PM)TheUnit Wrote: Hard to critise really as they all played their hearts out.

Walker was the weak link in defence.

The needless booking seemed to unhinge him a bit. A shame, I think he’s done really well overall.

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#10
Tournament came a year too soon. Southgate has done wonderful work embedding a team into a group of players for the first time in a couple of decades, but he has only really embedded one way of playing.

We played well, achieved more than expected, but had a lot of luck, and in fairness given who we’ve played, probably fell a little short.

Massive credit to Southgate and the lads, they handed pressure well, killed the penalty monkey, and United a disinterested and broken fan base, but we’re still some way behind the top 4-5 teams.

We have a young squad, lots of promising youth and a real feel good factor. If we can produce a genuine creative midfielder the future is bright.

One day it’ll come home, and it feels closer than it has for quite some time...
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