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'Hand of Clod' is the choice
June 12th, 2010 11:31PM

TAGS:  england, men's national team, world cup


[USA-ENGLAND] Robert Green took responsibility for the goal that handed the USA the tying goal in its 1-1 tie with England on Saturday, but the English press was not so kind.

"Hand of Clod" was the headline in the News of the World and Daily Mirror.

The London Times led with "Green Fingers," calling his error "One disastrous spill the Yanks won't complain about."

“It’s obviously a horrible mistake, a terrible mistake,” Green said. “I’ll have to recover from it.”

Green received the support of England coach Fabio Capello and its captain, Steven Gerrard.

"He made one mistake," said Capello, "but in the second half he made a good save. This is the problem of the goalkeeper."

Capello added that mistakes -- whether by a goalie, striker or referee -- were part of the game.

''Rob will learn from this," insisted Gerrard, "and he might make an important save that wins us a match. We're all behind him. It was a bit of shock and it took us a while to get over it."

  1. karl ortmertl
    commented on: June 13, 2010 at 9:50 a.m.
    I've seen second basemen boot grounders like that dozens of times over the years. You need a lot of varied skills to be a top goalie and one of them is the ability to field grounders. Its funny how when a nation has a real weakness, it always seems to get exposed. England's weakness is crappy goalies - and it got exposed right away.
  1. James Hunt
    commented on: June 14, 2010 at 9:21 a.m.
    A goalkeeper's game-costing blunder always sticks in the mind longer and harder than a striker's. A striker can pop a ball over the goal from three yards out in the 53d minute, but saying that that cost the game is like trying to prove a negative -- there were other opportunities; it didn't put a goal on the board for the other side. But when a keeper blunders, it is on the scoreboard, and if you lose 1-0 or tie 1-1, there's the goal, no matter how many terrific saves you've made. You learn to handle it. It's part of the mental challenge of being a keeper.

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