England Must Now Try To Win – Rather Than Avoid Losing


Yohan Cabaye has admitted that England made it very difficult for France yesterday, with their rugged and spirited defensive play.

Jolean Lescott  races past Yohan Cabaye after scoring England’s goal

France were the better  side,  and at times  dominated the game, but they couldn’t get the win, thanks in large part to a well organized and sturdy England defense.

And England even had to rely on their defense for the goal, with  Joleon Lescott’s scoring in the 30th minute with a great header from a perfect Steven Gerrard free-kick.

Newcastle United midfielder Yohan  Cabaye – who had a good game in the heart of the France midfield – had this to say after the game:

“We took some time to enter the game,” “It took us a while to get our game flowing.” “We will need to keep this good circulation of the ball for what is to come.”

“We love to have the ball, that is our trademark.” “We expected England to field two lines of four players, but we had a hard time to play in depth.”

And Patrice Evra thought the game resembled Chelsea’s famous performance at the Nou Camp,  in the European Champions league last season:

“We are frustrated, because I think we played much better,” “At times, it was like there were 15 bodies in front of us. It was really difficult to find space.”

“People laugh, but they played the way that Chelsea played against Barcelona.”  “Maybe the fans want England to play more football, but if they win the tournament like that, they will be happy.”

Those are fair words from the Manchester United left-back.

England got a good result yesterday, but France were by far the better side, and had most of the possession, especially after the first 20 minutes or so.

But it was a much better result than it was a performance from the England side, and we shouldn’t get too carried away, and the England players were hanging on in the last 20 minutes or so, as France became even more dominant.

In the other Group D game,  Andrei Shevchenko showed what a hero he is, and he’s still a decent player even at 35, with two great headed goals, in a come-from-behind win by the Ukraine.

When they had gone behind to a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic after 52 minutes, Ukraine surged forward, and within 10 minutes they were 2-1 up.

And they kept up their pace and determination to record a great first victory in the Euo 2012 Championships, which they are hosting with Poland.

We were hoping for a draw in that game, which would have benefited England, but it was hard to deny the Ukraine such an emotional win, with their best ever player and captain scoring two great goals.

England will have to start attacking and try to win the next two games of course, rather than concentrating on not losing, which is basically what they did yesterday – if we are honest.

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121 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Being buried up to the neck in hundreds and thousands is too good for Ashley.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=hb_tab_pro_top

    This is how i look, not black, but not a racist either

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m confused… Being racist isn’t exclusive to black people of that’s what you’re getting at?

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #4

    If**

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    For France’s sake, Clichy should start ahead of Evra – he was appalling and the reason they conceded.

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  • Grafton83

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    @ Ben
    Evra has been poor all season, he won’t last long in Man Utds starting XI so how he is starting for France I don’t know.

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  • terencelim

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    @5 Evra forgot he was playing for France. Those kind of push wouldn’t resulted in foul if he plays for his club Referee United. Wellbeck is another Manure spoilt child kept moaning at the referee yesterday.

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #8

    terencelim – he had every right to moan at the ref, we were getting fouled left right and centre and getting absolutely nothing, yet everytime a French player went down the whislte was blown. Ref was shocking, as have pretty much all the refs this tournament so far

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  • -Tendo-

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #9

    @ 7 The ref and the linesmen were appaling yesterday! well, to us anyway….bookings left right and centre for england but none for france. Wellbeck and all the england players had every right to have a go and the ref!

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  • Grafton83

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Also I don’t think France were really that much better they were restricted to long shots from what I remeber and for all their possesion what did they really do with it? A draw was the right result.

    For me it was a lot better than what I was expecting so fair play to all the players and the manager. Also ref wasn’t really helping England.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    M’Vila is for sale, SNAP HIM UP and hope Cashley recognises his talent

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  • Spudzy

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Morning my fellow mags, Me and my mate as set up a new facebook page and would like to get as many likes as possible. As we all know every facebook page starts with 0 likes, So please like We Are The Famous Newcastle United

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #13

    —–M’Vila—–Tioté—–
    ———-Cabaye———

    Would be beautiful, really unlikely but I hope and pray we get him.

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  • Grafton83

    Jun 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Good to see Defoe as well, I hope he’s alright with what he’s dealing with right now.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    The ref was pretty bad like. The only defence is that he ignored the little trips and booked for more rash challenges. Not much of a defence i know. He seemed at least slightly biased and this is coming from a guy who wasn’t bothered about the result

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  • ballerfan2

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #16

    England Must Now Try To Win – Rather Than Avoid Losing

    Yes – that’s tournament football alright and always has been. Oh and you could insert the name of any other country in place of England. Rule No 1 – DON”T LOSE FIRST GAME.
    Hodgson’s tactics were spot on given the players he has.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Who would you rather has a CDM, Tioté or M’Vila

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  • lewytoon

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18

    im bored of us not signing anyone else, there hasnt been a whisper of anything decent or valid apart from anita

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #19

    @ballerfan that’s rather cynical. Ed is referring to the fact that our tactics are very defensive and we need to go for it a bit more. Unless you were being sarcastic

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #20

    @lewy there’s time yet and there’s bound to be avenues being explored behind the scenes that only a select few know about. Like cwarr.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Hey Evra,
    You stole my point, that England did a Chelsea. Never mind, let’s hope for better next game. Then again, from whom? Terry (well he is a Chelsea), Gerrard (past it), Parker (ex-Chelsea!), Young (did he play?!), Henderson (ex- ). Admittedly, brightest spark did come from (ex) Chelsea, Johnson.

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  • bollance

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #22

    NUFC taking advantage of favourable exchange rate. Players from abroad are relatively less due to the weak Euro so we can afford better players.

    Using this theory though, our players become more expensive to foreign clubs. Therefore ´the plan´ as referred by G Carr may be to sell our players to prem rivals (ie Tiote to Chelsea or which ever rumour you believe).

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  • lewytoon

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #23

    the brighest spark was chamberlain in my opinion

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  • cyprus

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Yes, agreed, he did try

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #25

    We don’t know it we have signed anyone yet or not.

    The window doesn’t officially open until July 1st. Yes some clubs have revealed their transfers but we are very secretive and may not know until after that date.

    Last year we announced our free signings (as with Amalfitano) before June 18th but we cannot say the same this year.

    For all we know July 1st will role round (perhaps after the final of the Euros) and Pards will be sat next to 5 new signings.

    I still believe some deals are already done but we cannot (or will not) announce them until after July 1st or when players return from holidays and/or international duties.

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  • bollance

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Clubs pay a premium for proven premiership ability. In the past we paid for this ie Owen.

    The only players we will sign with proven prem experience will be on frees (hoillet). Players though have copped onto this Ba release clause / hoillet excessive wage demands.

    Post GC (graham carr) we have only signed Obertan / simo from prem and neither were proven prem players so were on the cheap.

    Pardew admitted to speaking with Malky Mackay about targets so expect a player to come in from championship (butterfield / mariappa / bigirimana).

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #27

    A first bid is always about testing how thick the ice is.
    The Anita situation will probably evolve, but we wont go double.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28

    yohan cabaye ?@YCabayeofficiel
    Hope you good my twittos ??? Speak to you soon about something …

    Debuchy joins NUFC?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #29

    So after yesterday’s performance, i think we can forget about Debuchy.

    That was a world class performance for a right back and he’s 5 times the player Simpson.

    And his value probably rocketed by 5 times too. bye bye. next target.

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  • flash

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #30

    have to say that I think England should have won this game. Now I`m not a big fan of Fat Sam`s tactics but that would have killed the french yesterday if you play Big AC upfront maybe welbeck on wing instead of Millner. Then try to set pieces and hit them in Central defence. Also why England dropped so deep after scoring is beyond me. Surley Roy should have been on the touchline screaming for them to push out and also John Terry- STeve G should have done that given their experience. Looking at the french performance I think they showed far too much repsect for England and problably thought just dont loose your first game. If they gone for it then it would have been a dark day for England

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Beattie of ov lol
    dannyo that’s exactly what i was saying on the last anita thread

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #32

    On a good note, Cabaye was brilliant in midfield for France.

    First season with us was just a warm up. Can’t wait to see him all settled and his engine firing on all cyclinders.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Oluwashina Okeleji ?@oluwashina
    CONFIRMED: EPL duo Man United and Newcastle heading for South Africa this summer. #MUFC to Cape Town to play Ajax, and #NUFC to Soweto.
    Retweeted by Mark Douglas

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Dannyo that is hopeful. You’ll restart rumours mate

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Dannyo
    More likely something added to his website or news from the French camp

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #36

    I’ll do it again:

    yohan cabaye ?@YCabayeofficiel
    Hope you good my twittos ??? Speak to you soon about something …

    He also tweeted the same thing in french…

    Start speculating!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #37

    I would just simply love it if Debuchy joins us. But i just can’t see it happening after yesterday’s performance. The big clubs must have definately turned their head in his direction and his value might go off the roof after this Euro if he performs consistently throughout in that level.

    Already 1 of the most accomplished fullback on the planet.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #38

    @WWYCD
    I’m always a skeptic, i hope he’s not saying he’s joined another team…
    Debuchy could surely not have joined, he just played yesterday.

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  • lewytoon

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #39

    yohan cabaye ?@YCabayeofficiel
    i would like to announce i am joining runners up Manchester United, thanks for the support Newcastle, see you next season

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #40

    yohan cabaye ?@YCabayeofficiel
    most likely i will be paired with my midfield partner Tiote in midfield and Debuchy will be joining us as well in Manchester. Bye Newcastle

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