Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Dire - but not Dyer

No doubt much to the dissatisfaction of Glenn Roeder, Kieron Dyer played the full 90 minutes in tonight's disappointing friendly defeat to Spain. (I was about to write "disappointing friendly stalemate" there, but then realised I'd forgotten about Andres Iniesta's superbly-struck winner - must have been straying back and forth across the border of sleep...)

Surrounded by players turning in very flat performances, Dyer didn't disgrace himself, and was actually England's liveliest forward, often stretching the defence and unlucky not to pick up the pieces in the six yard box on a couple of occasions.

After a hopeful penalty appeal was dismissed in the second half, though, Dyer faded and errors began to creep into his game. We can only hope that Steve McClaren's decision to leave him on for the duration doesn't impact on his fitness for Saturday's important home game against Liverpool. At least he didn't get injured, though, eh?


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