Chipping In with Darren Foreman: England’s failure to take chances cost them a vital win in Montenegro

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It certainly turned out to be a game of two halves on Tuesday for England in Montenegro.

The first half was all England and I think Montenegro could have had little complaint if they had gone in two or three down.

England failed to turn their superiority into goals and Danny Welbeck was unlucky not to get a penalty. And to rub salt into their wounds, he was booked in the process.

The change of shape from Montenegro and England’s inability to retain good possession encouraged the hosts and the goal was no more than they deserved.

Although we finished strongly, I think it was an opportunity lost to gain control of the group.

One England team who were happy with a draw were England’s cricketers after a backs-to-the-wall last day in New Zealand.

I must say when Ian Bell went on the stroke of lunch, I for one did not hold out much hope of getting a result. But some dogged tail-end batting and a magnificent century from the best batsman/wicket-keeper in the world, Matt Prior, got us out of a big hole.

There was even time for Monty Panesar to entertain us, but it was not Panesar, more like Python. His attempt to slide in to prevent being run out was straight out of a comic sketch. David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd was in hysterics, but that shows that even in a tense moment of a match, the funny side of things can be seen.

There was controversy in the second Grand Prix of the season when Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders and overtook his teammate Mark Webber.

If looks could have killed in the pit, Vettel would of been six-foot under.

I do not agree with these team orders, it’s a sport where an individual wins the World Championship not a constructor, and people pay good money to be excited and entertained.

Where is the excitement in driving behind someone with no overtaking, you could stand alongside the A64 and do that.


Nigel Adkins after his appointment at Reading: “My mum said to me the other day, ‘I have heard something about that (no side avoiding relegation having sacked their manager at this stage), but you know what, it just occurs you seem to be making history at whichever club you have been at,’ so maybe this is the next one to do it at.”.


The England tail-end with Matt Prior. They showed grit, determination and ended up getting their side a draw.