England 3-2 Scotland

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Updated: August 14, 2013

A Rickie Lambert header decided the match which was evenly contested by both teams. The Scots put up a good fight to go ahead when Morrison took a shot from outside the box which should have been saved by Joe Hart. Walcott equalised on 29 minutes when running onto a brilliant Cleverley through-pass then dribbling past Whittaker to slot it in the bottom corner. Scotland took the lead again when Kenny Miller received the ball on the edge of the box, turning around and putting Gary Cahill of balance to create space to smash it into the bottom corner. England equalised from a Welbeck header that came from a free-kick. England took the lead in the game for the first time when débutante, Rickie Lambert, scored a header with his first touch of the game from a Baines corner.

Scotland took on England very well and created most of the chances in the first-half, they, along with England, pressed high up the pitch to try and prevent any counter-attacks. When England managed to get the ball they decided to try and keep possession and seemed to lack motivation to create any chances, they tried either playing one-two football to get into Scotland’s box or cross it from the wide positions, but they didn’t seem to be able to gain momentum to play one-two football and the crosses that came in from Welbeck, Walcott and Walker were all very poor.

At the start of the second-half, England conceded early but then kept possession and started creating chances in Scotland’s last third, though the Scots didn’t hesitate to show the danger they bring on the counter-attack. In the last third of the game, Scotland were tired and obviously couldn’t do anything without their main engine, Kenny Miller and key player, Robert Snodgrass. England had a lot more chances later on, even Rickie Lambert had another chance which agonisingly hit the post when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Heroes

Welbeck and Wilshere were the stand-out players for England. Wilshere being the man that brought the ball forward for England, who added a bit of energy to their attack and one of a couple who seemed capable of playing one-two football. Welbeck helped create of chances and was just a danger to the Scottish defence, getting in the box and helping England keep the ball.

Scotland’s main men were Kenny Miller and Robert Snodgrass. Miller is well loved in Scotland for the effort he puts into every match, running non-stop and even chasing lost causes, he made Jagielka and Cahill look a bit fragile tonight. Robert Snodgrass was basically involved in every chance Scotland created, taking advantage of Walker’s high position that he took up and exploiting that space behind him and when faced against him, he beat him easily.

Man of the Match : Danny Welbeck 

Villains

I have to say Joe Hart, although it was only one mistake, it was a mistake that a goalkeeper like him shouldn’t make.

Stats

Possession :

England 58% – 42% Scotland

Shots (on target) :

England 20 (12) – 8 (5) Scotland

Att :

80,485

England 

01 Hart

02 Walker

05 Cahill

06 Jagielka (Jones, 84′)

03 Baines

07 Walcott (Zaha, 75′)

04 Gerrard (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 62′)

08 Wilshere (Lampard, 46′)

11 Cleverley (Milner, 67′)

09 Welbeck

10 Rooney (Lambert, 67′)

Bookings : Walker, Walcott, Lampard

Scotland 

01 McGregor

02 Hutton

04 Martin

05 Hanley

03 Whittaker

11 Forrest (Mulgrew, 67′)

07 Morrison (Rhodes, 82′)

08 Brown

10 Snodgrass (Conway, 66′)

06 Maloney (Naismith, 86′)

09 Miller (Griffiths, 73′)

Booking : Snodgrass

 

England 3-2 Scotland match report written by Seb True

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