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Dozens of people gathered around a tall left-leaning tree under the domed roof of Skylight Books, a Los Feliz bookstore that often hosts various authors and artists in its intimate setting. On the evening of Feb. 29, Skylight invited three women to read their poems in front of an engaged and diverse audience just as the sun began to set. Some listeners were sitting in chairs, some were standing in groups and some lingered behind book stacks. All held their breaths in rapture as the poets poured their hearts out into their pieces. After ending her portion of the event on that powerful note, Fernandes finally stepped up to the microphone to read five of her “Good Boys” pieces. Her first poem, “Running in the Suburbs,” offers commentary on growing up as a girl of color becoming aware of her race. “Nukemap.com” addresses the anxiety of living in New York under the threat of nuclear war, while “Conversion” paints a portrait of gay adolescence and conversion therapy. “Somewhere what you love is still alive / turning cartwheels in a gentle snow / is the kind of lie I write years later / wishing I could make it true for you,” she read. “I’m so happy to be at USC with [Pond], if you caught that repetition in the bios,” Siskel said proudly, adding that she wrote her third poem of the night in a workshop with Pond. Fernandes went off on passionate, crescendoing tangents only to suddenly slow down, leaving the audience reeling and hanging on to her every word. Her anger, humor, anguish and sometimes confusion clearly shone through her voice; at one point she joked about her poems, saying “they’re all bummers.” Fernandes also gave lively backstories for her poems, and many directly reference people from her life, which invited the audience further into her personal narrative. After Pond came Callie Siskel, a doctoral fellow in creative writing and literature at USC and the author of the poetry book “Arctic Revival” released in 2015, and she read three of her pieces as well. “Why We Drink” details Fernandes’ friendship with a man named Malik and the confusing process of aging, while her last poem, “Amsterdam,” ties together a conglomeration of issues, from the widespread voyeurism of Anne Frank’s life to her feelings of disconnect from the United States despite living there. Pond’s voice was soothingly monotone and steady as she read, an intonation free of emphasis that deftly drove the listener to pay close attention to every word and phrase uttered. “Each woman poet comes from her experiences of the world and feminism from a different perspective,” Marjorie Pond reflected at the end of the reading. “[Siskel’s voice] was kind of a combination of [Fernandes’] fire and [Pond’s] more soft voice. That was interesting.” “For me, I think my positioning in the poems is more the witness to somebody else’s grief — [when] someone that you love is suffering and not being able to do anything about it,” Pond said. She spoke of this inability to make the ones you love happy in “Winter Sister,” a poem about a friend losing her brother. The first poet, Catherine Pond, is a Ph.D. candidate in literature and creative writing at USC whose debut collection, “Fieldglass,” won the Crab Orchard First Book Award in Poetry in 2019. Pond read three poems from her forthcoming manuscript: “Winter Sister,” “University of Iowa Museum of Natural History” and “Blue Angels Air Show.” In the poems, she addresses metaphorical figures of her friend and boyfriend over themes such as grief, depression and the passage of time. “‘In a past life’ is not supposed to mean your life before tragedy, but an existence altogether unrecognizable, which is maybe the same thing,” Siskel proclaimed in “Ab Initio,” as she reflected on how grief shapes one’s life and identity. “No one would know me in a past life. The allure is not who we were, but who we are not.” Skylight Books hosted the event, drawing crowds from around the city. The venue, which hosts weekly readings and other events, invited all three poets to read published or unpublished works. (Bridgette Boggs | Daily Trojan) “In my poems, I write a lot about sexuality, and struggles or thoughts I’ve had about it,” Fernandes said. “But it’s not necessarily an argument that I’m making … It’s more like this is really messy. And I’ve always felt really messy about it, and I probably will for the rest of my life.” “I say, humiliation is like the nausea of childhood with / those delayed epiphanies. I hate the violence of insight / the lesson is always how one is ugly or dishonest, / the short-comings that could build a civilization and then did,” Fernandes read passionately in “Why We Drink,” pausing for a breath afterward to let the words sink in. Her combination of flow and pauses was reminiscent of both Pond and Siskel’s intonations. Siskel’s lilting intonation had less uniformity than Pond’s, but not to her detriment. She still spoke with flow but placed more emphasis on individual words as she read, creating almost a spoken enjambment in which the words took on their own individual meanings. Her three poems, “Messenger,” “Vanitas” and “Ab Initio,” also dealt with grief, childhood and the pasage of time, among other themes, with many of them ruminating on what it is like to lose a father. Pond’s mother, Marjorie Pond, pointed out the interesting ways in which all three of the poets’ different voices interplayed with each other during the event. The main visiting author, Megan Fernandes, came to read from her latest poetry book “Good Boys,” which deals with topics such as feminism, race, origin, nuclear proliferation, sexuality and “what it means to exist as a body of contractions.” She was accompanied by two other poets who read before her. This was a welcomed blend, though, as each author complemented the other, creating a dynamic reading full of introspection, tender realizations and beautiful lyricism.
Raymond O’Meara was at the match for Tipp FM Sport.Elsewhere, Cashel were up against City of Derry in Spafield and managed to secure a four try bonus point. It finished Cashel 25 City of Derry 3.Cashel stay in fifth place in the overall league standings but are level on points with fourth place Banbridge. Peter Silk was at the game for Tipp FM Sport. Munster’s aspirations of retaining top spot in the Guinness Pro12 took a hit today as they fell to defeat against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.The final score was 26 points to 12 in favour of the Welsh outfit and Munster captain Denis Hurley said that discipline killed his side’s chances. Nenagh Ormond have secured a bonus point win over Skerries this afternoon. The full-time score was Nenagh Ormond 33 Skerries 5.The North Tipp club move up to tenth in the overall league standings after today’s emphatic win.
Shane Lowry and Graeme Mc Dowell also play today but neither can reach the next stage. Lowry goes up against Zach Johnson.McDowell plays Thongchai Jaidee.
Twitter Topics Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook The best thing about the triumph was its defects. A relentless Fabio Capello will be happy in the knowledge that plenty of work is still needed, with all the improvement that implies. This 4-1 defeat of Croatia was not a night when everything dropped serendipitously into place.Imperfections jutted out and a supporter would have been fatalistic if told that David James would get into trouble at crosses, that Ashley Cole would stagger as Darijo Srna and others drove at him, that Joe Cole would drop out of view and that Wayne Rooney’s unreflecting desire to help would see him concede a foul near England’s penalty area.Several of the faults were fleeting, but some proved slower to fade. The irreproachable factor was England’s attitude. There were spells when the competitiveness, for example, lay in the determination of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry to impose their will. All over the pitch there was an insistence on having the last word. Capello stresses that his players have much to lose. “I just say to the players that it is their second cap,” he explained. Nothing that happened before the qualifiers with Andorra and, now, Croatia is deemed to matter.A few members of the opposition on Wednesday cannot count on being in the first team for their clubs, yet still this generation had extended the sequence of unbeaten qualifiers at the Maksimir Stadium that began in 1994. England set about showing Slaven Bilic’s side that those inner resources were exhausted.His team was powerless to stop Theo Walcott, whose shrewd elevation to the first team must now have brought complete trust in Capello’s judgment. The hat-trick contained ruthless finishing that was more of a surprise than the speed on the right that so unsettled Danijel Pranjic, a full-back who wants to overlap.Walcott himself will henceforth be shadowed by his own celebrity. “I know,” agreed an amused Capello. “We have created a problem for Arsenal, not for me. Theo is young with a good future, but we have to help him. At this moment when all the people in newspapers and television are talking about the team we have to keep our feet on the ground.”He draws a parallel with his confidence in Raúl during his first stint as Real Madrid manager, in 1996. Like Walcott now, the Spaniard was then 19, but Capello is sure that the challenge presented to the Arsenal player is of a higher order. “The national team is different,” he said. “If you decide to put one of the young players in the national team it is sometimes a worry for the player, not for the manager. This time it was good.” It is heartening for Capello that Walcott should be under the control of Arsène Wenger.On Wednesday, the teenager was edgy at the outset but did not have his anxieties compounded by an intimidatory atmosphere. The fire in the hearts of the crowd had been banked in comparison with the emotional conflagration when England were last at the stadium, for the 2-0 loss in 2006. While the atmosphere was exciting, it was not intimidatory. With 20 minutes gone Srna was clapping his hands and imploring supporters to increase the volume. The match was goalless then, but Croatia sensed trouble ahead. They were the ones with the brittle temperament.England were only 1-0 in front when Robert Kovac was dismissed for the reckless smashing of an elbow into the head of Joe Cole, but the physicality was the expression of a panic already entrenched in Croatian ranks. There was a calm to Capello’s team. It registered in England’s hogging of 61% of the possession. The side is not supreme because of one result and there will be setbacks to come, but maybe Capello will outdo his predecessors by getting the players to perform as reliably as they do for their clubs.The manager reports that there have been discussions daily with the players during training. “Usually [with clubs] I am trying to change something over one month,” he said. “I tried to change something with England over 10 days. I saw something this evening.”Confidence, this was the problem. If a player is good for his club then he has to prepare the same way for the national team. I said that we would play better away from Wembley. I hope this game will help the national team and also we need the help of the supporters.”An outcome of Wednesday’s sort strengthens Capello’s hand. How, for example, can the injured Steven Gerrard assume after this that he will be reinstated for the next World Cup qualifier, against Kazakhstan at Wembley on October 11? The manager, too, takes nothing for granted. As with so many of the dominant figures in his profession, he was already detaching himself from an outstanding win while everyone else wanted to cling to it.How he would have hated to hear the talk start of England’s chances at the 2010 World Cup. His own frame of mind is unyielding in its practicality. “For me,” Capello said, “there is only the result. We have six points, like Ukraine.” He is probably in earnest when he promises that everyone is forever on trial. “When I choose the squad I pick the best player at that moment,” Capello insisted. It might have been footballers fearing for their own futures who scared the wits out of Croatia. Share on Facebook Doctoroncall Share on Twitter 12 Sep 2008 10:31 Shares00 Twitter Share Report stealthbanana Threads collapsed terryphelan Reply England Report | Pick Comments 66 Since you’re here… Share on Twitter newest Reply Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Twitter Share Reply bmurphy – I agree, the fundamental reason England have been so lacking in recent years is not strictly through a lack of top players, but more the lack of a single minded manager able to get his message across in the limited time given. Don Fabio has a force of personality and charisma that obviously makes highly paid star players sit up and listen. However great a technical coach Second Choice Steve may have been, or man manager Sven was, or motivator Keegan was, none seemed able to get the desired message through to the players for more than the odd one off game.As it is only one game it easy to be cynical and expect England to fall back into old habits, but Capellos reputation and track record means that he is unlikely to let this happen. Not to say that we will go on to dominate in all games like we did on Wednesday, but that Capello will not be satisfied until his mission is complete.It’ll be interesting to see what he does when Gerrard comes back into contention. He has already said that he will pick players on club form or from evidence of training, so it’s hard to second guess him at this stage. But my best guess is that he’ll stick him in the position Joe Cole played the past couple of games. It’s obvious to everyone that Gerrard is wasted there, and he obviously hates it (fair enough methinks) but if Capello feels it will benefit the team then the players own personal preference for where he plays will not come into it. It’s harsh on Frank Lampard, but he should be dropped to make way for Gerrard. If you analyse who is the better it is a no-brainer really. Bluenose00 – I agree with you. Croatia were not that good – England were shocking under McClaren, who was out of his depth from the off. It was obvious he could never communicate the authority and confidence in tactics and organization that are fundamental at international level. However, beating a team of their ability 4-1 at home is an impressive result.The great thing about Capello is that he is so adaptable. He’s won the Spanish title in two different eras with Real Madrid and the Italian title loads of times with three different teams, again in completely different eras.This suggests that he is capable of adjusting tactics and organization to suit different players and team dynamics. He is already addressing England’s (and any team’s) fundamental failing – giving the ball away. England have been in possession of the ball more than their opponents in every match played under Capello. This was the best thing about the win in Zagreb – not the score, but the fact that the Croats couldn’t get the ball off them. Under McClaren England just gave them the ball (e.g. the third Croatia goal at Wembley).I’m convinced that England’s failings for a very long time have been down to the limitations of the managers, very few of whom have won anything significant. The only exceptions – Eriksson, Venables, Robson – were the managers who got the best out of the players. Capello is better than these three by a country mile.There’s no guarantee that Capello’s England will win anything, but if he’s given a few years, it’s a pretty good bet that there’ll be an improvement on Eriksson’s fairly OK record of three consecutive quarter finals. Reply Share on Twitter Report Order by oldest | Pick 12 Sep 2008 16:43 Muntzer 3 Share on Facebook comments (66)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share on Twitter expanded | Pick Share on Facebook sorry am in danger of becoming like marsman with beckham BUT F**KINGHELL CAN WE STOP THE GERRARD WORSHIP!statements like this are TOTAL SH!T -“It’s harsh on Frank Lampard, but he should be dropped to make way for Gerrard. If you analyse who is the better it is a no-brainer really.”SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT GERRARD HAS DONE TO JUSTIFY HIS PLACE?do we have point out AGAIN his wasteful possession play, his lack of discipline and tactics, his glory balls when theres no need for them etcetc?SHUT THE F**K UP!when gerrard said he’d suffered from being “adaptable” which is why he’d played in his favoured position 6 times out of 80 or whatever it was he was, he’s missing the point! even rafa doesnt trust him to play in the middle of the park often because of the above reasons!grow up! drop the “he plays for my club so thats all that matters!” mentality.personally i wdnt play either of them!F**K! 3 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Email (optional) Share via Email 0 1 Where is marsman? Share on Twitter miroljub posts”The memories of the late 1980s must stay fresh in many minds.”Indeed they do. We used to joke we knew England were playing because Robson was being stretchered off.The best team England had always evolved out of injuries and suspensions.Compared to the present? False dawns over 40 years will be many and we’ve seen them all.England the other night were enjoyed. They didn’t look ”inept.” They didn’t look ”hapless.” They were watchable.The second Walcott goal even looked as if it had been created at a moment in this century. Ball to feet in and around the penalty area. A modern goal.England the other night looked like a team playing football. With Beckham and Motson and Hansen and Shearer and that crowd it had always been a version of rugby. Cross. Free kick. Percentages. A 1950s rugby mindset applied to controlling how football is played.England against Croatia played football with a football mindset. Whether the team can achieve the fluidity and intelligence we see from major teams in tournaments is another matter.The best we can say about the other night is that we might have become a football playing country. 12 Sep 2008 17:20 Share on Twitter Share Report There should be no danger of England returning to their days of misplaced arrogance now Fabio Capello is in charge Reply Twitter Report 12 Sep 2008 18:15 blogposts | Pick 0 1 0 1 Facebook Facebook @DoctoroncallYou mean it’s the case of a painfully hopeless English romantics meet a highly skilled but unemotional Italian pragmatist?Could the Italian pragmatist be someone who looks like Prince Charles’ s father Prince Phillip who, then the duke, played squash on the night his son was born, so trying to insult some backbone for his role as king? | Pick Report 12 Sep 2008 10:49 Apologies if this has been mentioned before but for me the biggest problem on Wed was despite England dominating possession and giving very little away David James still managed to look extremely dodgy. Its a shame as for the past few years he’s been consistently one of the best keepers in the Prem but has never looked comfortable at international level. Joe Hart’s the future, with Kazakhstan and Belarus coming up now’s the time to put him in. Report Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Report Facebook Twitter 12 Sep 2008 18:28 Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Miro,Pragamatism has never been a true virtue in English football, perhaps now with Capello as manager things can move forward… step by step. Doctoroncall Fabio Capello 0 1 Share on Facebook Miro,I wouldn’t call Reap a romantic! We have sufferred much because of his limited theories thanks to the FA championing his cause. I can see an “unemotional Italian pragmatist” will get the best out of the squad and we can see the full potential of it, whatever that maybe, even Terry may learn a thing or two! oldest | Pick I just never thought Croatia were *that* good. They beat us twice us in fairly fortunate circumstances in a qualifying campaign that they played above their true calibre when we were truly terrible. They are back down to earth now. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Share 0 1 Am not getting carried away – but this was a very significant performance for the reason that England, playing 4-4-2, dominated possession (61%) against a technically gifted and decent side. I suspect they shaded possession even when Croatia had 11 men. In many previous great results – this was not the case: 5-1 against Germany – fantastic, incisive counter-attacking performance but a low quality Germany had the ball: 4-1 against Holland – Holland had far more of the ball than us, had more chances than us. 1-0 against Argentina – I think we had 25% of possession and spent the last 30 mins with 11 men in our half. My point is England have always been capable of stunning one-off performances because they always tend to pose a goal-threat and can defend a lead – but Wednesday night was a performance much more likely to produce scorelines like that on a regular basis. The 4-1 scoreline was not a reflection of a particularly high chance-conversion rate – but rather a reflection of complete dominance and control. The last time we saw that was fleetingly under Hoddle (Rome 1997 when we actually kept the ball off Italy), when we played 5 in midfield – and then you have to go back to Italia 90.In the past we have preferred to play top sides without the ball – relying on pace on the counter and set pieces – and a degree of luck as we defend deeper and deeper as the game progresses. This has brought us some success – but it is an approach that will always be exposed as limited – particularly in hot summer tournaments (Brazil 2002 the best example) because it is exhausting. Wednesday really was something different: we kept the ball, played high up the pitch (the two are not un-related) – and did it with 4-at-the-back and two-up-front – two things that are natural to England but which, in the past, have meant England lose the midfield – and possession. All-in-all, England’s best performance since an unlucky 1-1 over 120 mins against a top-notch West Germany – way back when in 1990. I agree that as yet we do not have a core set of players that are quite the equal of Shilton, Walker, Pearce, Gascoigne, Platt, Lineker, Waddle, Beardsley – but Ferdinand (superb on Weds), Lampard, Gerrard, Cole, Rooney, Walcott, maybe still Owen – are not too far short and at last have a manager and a shape. If we could just get a keeper… miroljub Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick 12 Sep 2008 15:55 Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Kevin McCarra Report Share on Facebook 0 1 100 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 12 Sep 2008 13:52 England were great – but by their standards Croatia were really poor. Walcott’s last finish was beautiful but the goalie should have done better for the first two. Good luck England, but don’t get drunk on one result. There’s no way England would have won 4-1 if Croatia were playing well, 10 men or not. Strangely Croatia were England for the night – they looked overcooked, overhyped and lethargic. 0 1 Don’t really know how the team played – by the time I heard that Setanta were screening the highlights free, It was too late! They sounded good on radio 5 though.The England team belongs to us. No? Why can’t we even watch the highlights for free? I wouldn’t pay Setanta money to watch my national side, even if I could afford it. If this continues I might just lose interest altogether and I’m probably not the only one. How are my two little nephews going to develop an interest in a sport that can’t be seen?I’m not a cynic, I’m just miserable! No, actually I am a cynic, but not as cynical as football! Facebook 1 Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply | Pick collapsed 12 Sep 2008 18:29 Twitter Report sleepwalker Reply Bluenose00 Share on Facebook Reply 0 1 Report Facebook Share on Twitter 0 1 Report Report 12 Sep 2008 16:09 50 0 1 Share on Twitter Reply 12 Sep 2008 18:14 2 Share @plectrum’Miro – you’re a miserable old cynic :)’Yes, I am. But even being a miserable old cynic, I still can’t believe that you said that for no other reason but because I had written that England lack a younger and quicker left center-back. 0 1 12 Sep 2008 17:07 12 Sep 2008 18:20 Probably the first measured article I’ve read about the game, yet I still feel somewhat sickly. England footie journos eh – the most two-faced of all. After all the furrowed brows and exaserbation following the win (yes you won!) against Andorra, the coverage of England’s EPIC (that was printed somewhere) battle in the last couple of days really has taken the biscuit. The Times online is like a bloody shrine to theo walcott.sums it all up reallywww.youtube.com/watch?v=zUfqp7e7mBICan’t wait until this all blows up in your faces though, and after failure to get anywhere in the world cup we get the same old soul-searching guff on the following topics1. Number of foreigners in the english game2. The state of the english game because of the above3. A hate figure (let me see, last time it was lampard / Sven, before that Rooney, before that was beckham, so we’ll go for , em, David James – too easy?)4. The ‘silly johnny foreigner manager’ who didn’t know what he was doing (probably written by guest columnist ‘Arry Redknapp or Kevin Nolan…)On a separate note, I am delighted that England’s midfield did perform well and notably without Steven Gerrard. His whinging comments about being the victim of his own ‘versatility’ is a true glimpse of the man’s petulance….and I’m a liverpool fan. 1 Share Yeah, it was a visually impressive, awe-inspiring, memorable and astonishing England performance, and a hair-raising, heart-stirring, breathtaking and collosal England win.From valley to peak in less than 100 minutes!Call me a miserable old cynic what, to an extent, I am, but I can’t resist to remind you on the results and events that occured prior and after England’s not less impressive 4-1 win against Yugoslavia, in the Euro 1996 decisive qualifying match, played in Belgrade, on November 11, 1987.The English journalists, I was their host on behalf of the Yugoslavian FA (I believe that David Lacey was there), were about 10 times more critical towards Bobby Robson, his selection and team tactics, than the nowadays journos have ever been towards Fabio Capello. That made Bobby so furious, that after the triumph which not many expected, he used the post-match press-conference for just one purpose: to tell them how much he ‘admired’ their knowledge and work.On that rainy evening, the winning England team was: Shilton – Stevens, Butcher, Adams, Sansom – Steven, Robson (Reid 76′), Webb (Hoddle 80′), Barnes – Lineker, Beardsly.During the following eight months, until June 18, 1988, this England team were playing a total of 9 matches, including three at the 1988 Euro finals. The record: 2 wins, 4 draws, 3 defeats. A goal-score: 7-10. Their appearance at the European Championship was a pure disaster.I think that the current England team is nowhere near as strong as the England team in 1988. It lacks not only a decent goalkeeper, a reliable right back, a younger and quicker left center-back, one or two both hard-working and creative midfielders, but also the better alternatives to the players we saw at Zegreb. In front of Capello is extremely hard work to do, much harder than it maybe looks after the defeat of the over-confident and depleted 10-man Croatian side.The memories of the late 1980s must stay fresh in many minds. PatrickTreacy Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Facebook Facebook Thu 11 Sep 2008 19.05 EDT 12 Sep 2008 14:22 Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Show 25 Reply Support The Guardian 0 1 Share on Facebook Pricey Share Eh, it was only two days ago that everyone was slating this team and the manager.It is strange how we always swing from peaks to troughs in our perceptions, never maintaining a constant, common-sensical view.A quick glance at economic models shows that volatility is not good for long term growth. What you want is slow, steady measured growth over time, not massive gains followed by wrenching losses.After Andorra were England a terrible team with a poor manager? No. After Croatia are England the best team in the world with the best manager? No.The reality is that England has a pool of talented players, who are capeable of competing at the higher levels of international football.This group of players is now being led by an astute manager who is changing things slowly.Slow, incremental improvement, helped on Wednesday by a self imploding Croatia team. Share Share | Pick Twitter Report Report | Pick 12 Sep 2008 18:33 Share on Facebook Share 0 1 Report 25 Reply Share on Twitter World Cup Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Enough already no? I mean, it was Croatia the team beat!! Good performance, long time ago since something like this, yada yada yada. Ok, let’s hope they do it again and move on!!!I can’t believe I am witnessing people setting themselves up for a huge disappointment if the team fail to perform in the near future.Aaaaaaah, never mind give me another beer!! World Champions, World Champions!! Take it and Deal with that Spain!! Reply I believe that England need to cultivate a sense of proportion, lost due hype surrounding the PL. It is a sense of proportion that maintains sanity, and keeps the imagination from getting caught in a psychotic corner of thought and action. Reply Share Reply Capello tackles the imperfections of a perfect night Facebook Twitter Facebook 0 1 Facebook whos’ next? is it belarus?HOLY F**K! if we beat them too then we’re gonna win the world cup!also read some balls earlier about gerrard being advocated for right back…what sh1t..just stop!this cd only be suggested by-a. a liverpool fan.b. someone who HAS TO HAVE gerrard on the team sheet for ANY reason – hey! lets play him in goal!c. someone who clearly knows very little about tactics and discipline – just like gerrard. 0 1 0 1 Facebook Twitter Share Reply Facebook 0 1 Sportblog miroljub | Pick Twitter Peters16 0 1 Share on Facebook Report Report Report Share on Facebook England 12 Sep 2008 16:50 Close report comment form 0 1 Twitter Twitter MwepuLlunga 12 Sep 2008 18:07 suitone Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 2 | Pick | Pick Share KeithSimmonds 12 Sep 2008 17:51 McEvoy 0 1 Facebook miroljub Share Share on Facebook 12 Sep 2008 15:38 Report Report 0 1 Reply cavelier5 Facebook Share KeithSimmonds Report Twitter miroljub | Pick Reply Miro – you’re a miserable old cynic 🙂 | Pick | Pick Share 12 Sep 2008 18:16 0 1 Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Report Beeswaxbob Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter bmurphy | Pick | Pick plectrum Report Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Reply unthreaded Share Sportblog People really need to get away from hailing the playing abilities of individuals and concentrate more on how those abilities will affect the system of playing that Capello wants. Temperament and accuracy are the 2 key things that the players who will make up the spine of this team will have in abundance. I can see over time that even the Captain himself will be less of a presence in the side unless he learns from Capello. Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on Facebook | Pick Report 12 Sep 2008 18:15 | Pick 0 1 stealthbanana Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content,View all comments > Twitter theKnowledge Fabio Capello watches England beat Croatia next to assistant Franco Baldini. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty Images Facebook Reply Report Share Share on Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 12 Sep 2008 18:33 England did to Croatia what a lot of sides have done to them over the past few years – they held the ball and frustrated their opponents. I agree with all of the authors points about the weaknesses in the side. The good thing is that while the rest of the team can keep playing this way with good possession and good pass completion it will allow Capello to introduce new players into these areas of weakness without compromising the rest of his side’s effectiveness.He could swap Rooney with Gerrard, A Cole with Lescott, Barry with Hargreaves, Lampard with Carrick without changing the style of play which has to be a good thing.I still think as a whole the defence looks weak though and certain teams are going to exploit that when they play in the latter stages of tournaments but playing that way at least guarantees them a chance to get there at all. England will need to defend from the front as much as they can if they do not want to expose these defensive frailties. recommendations 12 Sep 2008 17:43 12 Sep 2008 14:53 Share on Facebook Facebook 0 1 Share Twitter Share Reply First published on Thu 11 Sep 2008 19.05 EDT Croatia Reply Share | Pick Share on Pinterest Facebook All Share on Twitter 12 Sep 2008 15:18 Share on Messenger View more comments PatrickTreacyCredit, in some part, must go to England for the Croats not playing well. Share Twitter Twitter Twitter Reason (optional) Share on Facebook Share via Email Mcarra for all his journalistic prowess still falls into the sensationalist trap. Why for instance should Gerrard NOT be considered for next game Kev? Likewise why should we COMPLETELY trust Capello after his instatement of Walcott?The article does hit two or three crucial points however, most notably Rooney’s insistence to track back whenever the ball is lost in the final third. However Im sure this can be resolved as the collective psychological is bolstered in due course and Wayne doesnt feel the need to shoulder all responsibility for the result; 3 assists and a fine goal will also ensure Capello sleeps like a baby for the coming weeks. (Not long ago Mcarra also called for Rooney to be dropped, how silly that now seems).Re a comment above – I feel England have their best defence in many a year, not least because of the fantastic p’ship between Rio and Terry. A better dynamic in CM could be a more valid request however, but again Fabio will have the resources to meddle. World Cup 2010