Final thoughts on the England U21 last night.
First half we were as one-dimensional as you'd expect from England, generally reaching the edge of their penalty area and not actually penetrating into the box. By comparision the Dutch were trying lots of different maneouvres and frequently forcing blocks and tackles in our penalty area.
Fantastic bit of quality for our goal, both the set-up and the finish, I already commented earlier. Pretty average defending for their goal, no one stopped the momentum of the Dutch and I personally thought the looping header was good but I hate seeing keepers unable to judge the flight of the ball and diving nowhere near it.
Kenny rarely got forward which I thought might be a symptom of replacing Holgate in Boothroyd's team. Dowell started brightly then started to lose possession a bit when he was used as the outlet. Lookman was great in the link-up play, safe as houses at retaining possession whilst the attacks were building. He was slack getting back which may have been a tactical decision.
Calvert-Lewin was far more involved than Solanke who I almost felt sorry for, it was the inverse of the redshite dominated seniors ignoring Everton players, having three of ours in the attack did not get the best out of Solanke. Anyway back to Dom, perfect first half really. Popped up in either channel, in the box, perfect on-the-shoulder-of-the-defence play for the goal.
Second-half my stream started playing up and I went to bed, so I will only note what I thought changed.
Kenny got forward a lot more in this half, whilst still doing so safely and not motoring to the byline at the first opportunity. Much improved though.
Dowell started showing what he has most players just don't. Picking the ball up in midfield and playing perfect forward passes right up to the edge of their penalty area, dissecting their defensive midfield with supreme vision and technique.
So I dropped out at 60 minutes, tried again about 70 minutes, just in time to see Jonjoe Kenny preserve our point. Leighton Baines type reading of the situation, we're in open play but he goes to stand on our goal-line, far post, and ends up clearing a shot off the line the 'keeper was probably not saving
Dropped out again on 75 mins, at that point I gave up.
You can probably tell I like watching the youth team more than the senior, mostly still humble lads!