England U21s came from behind after a poor first half to claim a vital 2-1 win that puts them top of the group heading into the final match against U21 Euros hosts Poland on Friday.
Jordan Pickford kept goal but could nothing to prevent an early loping header from Chrien giving Slovakia a lead that they were determined to protect.
After managing just one shot on target against Sweden, England again looked lightweight in attack. They were ponderous in possession and lacked invention. And it was Mason Holgate who was sacrificed at half-time, Norwich forward Jacob Murphy replaced him and within five minutes he produced the cross that led to Mawson's equaliser. Nathan Redmond scored the winner on a breakaway.
England will still need a win against Poland to be sure of going into the semi-finals as one of the three group leaders.
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1 Posted 19/06/2017 at 19:20:55
2 Posted 19/06/2017 at 19:25:34
6 Posted 19/06/2017 at 21:21:28
9 Posted 19/06/2017 at 23:15:00
10 Posted 19/06/2017 at 23:31:25
You may be right. There could be some. Who remembers De Gea at first? He dropped a few clangers but turned out pretty special.
11 Posted 19/06/2017 at 23:34:42
And even the world's best goalkeepers make mistakes occasionally Neuer, Lloris and De Gea have all made bad errors in big games this season.
12 Posted 19/06/2017 at 00:00:27
Pickford was solid, little to do and came for most things looked as is his style to get things started with quick distribution.
As for the goal, the culpability was Holgate's, he let his man drift off him, a decent header which should never have come to pass.
Mason's limitations laid bare as a fill-in right-back. Loads of the ball 1st half but his passing and crossing were really poor. Subbed at half time tactically and it paid off the equaliser coning from a cross from the right.
Dour stuff though, it must be said.
13 Posted 20/06/2017 at 00:20:32
In terms of Holgate, again we see he really is a defender and cannot cross for toffee... or for England.
14 Posted 22/06/2017 at 06:41:11
1) Jonjoe Kenny in at right-back;
2) Holgate and Browning as centre-backs
3) Garbutt plays left-back as understudy for Baines.
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