England Get Gritty 0-0 Draw In Kiev – France Win 4-2

Thanks to a solid England rearguard action tonight in the Ukraine, England did well to get a 0-0 draw in this vital World Cup qualifier, but the game itself was anything but exciting after the first 20 minutes.

gary cahill heads a corner

Gary Cahill heads the ball in a rare England attack

It was fairly even in the first half, but then Ukriane got on top in the second half,  but some good defensive work by England , with Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka having solid games and Joe Hart was confident  in goal.

England’s big failing in the game, that put more pressure on the defence, was their inability  to keep the ball when they had possession, and then in stoppage time Frank Lampard had a decent chance in his 100th England appearance, but his header from a right wing throw-in was wide of the goal.

Ukraine had their opportunities, but they weren’t good enough to take the chances they carved out, but it was an excellent result for England.

I watched the game on ITV and the analysts had nothing but criticism for  England at the end of a game, in which the team got an excellent result – what would they have said if England had lost? 🙁

The two remaining games for England are at Wembley against Montenegro on 11th October and Poland on 15th October, and Wayne Rooney should be available, and qualification for England is now in our own hands.

England remain top of  group H with 16 points from the eight games played, and are the only unbeaten side, and at 25, we  have by far the best goal difference in the group.

In other games tonight France scored their first goal in six games when they won 4-2 at Belarus, with two goals from Franck Ribery, and Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba also scored.

Moussa Sissoko got on after 80 minutes, but Mathieu Debuchy was again an unused sub, with Arsenal’s Bacaray Sagna again playing the whole game at right back for the French.

Northern Ireland lost 3-2 in Luxembourg, with Shane Ferguson playing the first 61 minutes of the game, and Paul Dummett was again an unused sub in Wales 3-0 defeat at home to Serbia.

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23 comments so far

  • Geordie crappa

    Sep 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Ah debauchery…he makes me worry. Sagna isnt that great either.

  • Eddie

    Sep 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Apart from Ukraine’s no.10 very poor performances all round.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #3


  • Goodfella

    Sep 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Cheers bud.

  • bishopblaize

    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Back to Club Footy now. Excellent game tomorrow with the return of our living legends up-against the dirty Mackem Boss lol .. Can’t wait should be full on 90 minute reception letting all past & present players hear St James’s back in its Glory!
    Get in the Lads 😉

  • ToonArfa

    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #6


    And go all out attack!

    Subs id use…


    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Watch the goal line clearance here;


    Too funny..

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #9

    England are so awful to watch now, all started with Capello’s miserable defensive tactics and now Hodgson’s team doesn’t know how to pass the ball, move, create etc.

    Also Vuckic scored a cracker for Slovenia U-21s

  • Shearer.Milburn

    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Anybody know if there will be a stream tomorrow night??

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Predictions for Sat:

    2-2 Benteke 2, Ben Arfa, Remy

    Debuchy Colo Mbiwa Santon
    Cabaye Anita Sissoko
    Ben Arfa Cisse Remy

    Bench: Elliot, S.Taylor/Williamson, Dummett, Tiote, Marveaux/Gosling, Gouffran, Sammy/Shola.

  • Geordie crappa

    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone know where i can find a vid of sholas goal for Nigeria? Dying to see his celebration! Cheers!

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #13

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    Click on the my hyperlink and it will take you to the dark side!

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #14

    That should have been either “the” or “my”

    I guess I’m just indecisive tonight….or am I?

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #15

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  • nufcalex

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #16

    No wonder nobody wants to sign English players

  • manxpie

    Sep 11, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #17

    ed can ya get rid of the begger plz he just looks desperate now! thanks

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 11, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #18


    You mean there’s ANOTHER forum I can fight with you on? Sign me up!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Klatoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Cant decide which is funnier, the brazilian doctor saving a goal or the Argentinian dog scoring a backpost header…

  • John Tudor

    Sep 11, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #20

    being associated with venkys is too good for ashley

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Oh shola Ameobi

    Spot on that team. Sadly can’t see Pardew doing anything close to that and therein lies the tragedy. On paper still a really good team, even better now with Remy.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Saying again

    Won’t be surprised to see some one get mysteriously injured to make way for Pardew’s favorites.

    Only to be back next week on the bench .

  • martoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #23

    I know tonights game is for charity but I can’t see the standard of football being great. Newcastle have a squad of about 30 which they will have to constantly roll on, roll off to accomodate all the players. I loved it when Harper said he will start in goal and Shay will be on the bench 🙂


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