Monday 24 September 2018

Boys and girls come out to play on the potholed pitches of football punditry

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Alex Scott, who has played 140 times for the England women's football team, was on the BBC panel analysing Colombia v Japan, which Japan had just won 2-1 .

She made the point that when the game was at 1-1, the Colombia manager had been brave in his substitutions, sending on attacking players even though Colombia had had a man sent off early. She suggested that if the manager had been more cautious, perhaps bringing on more defensive players, holding on to what he'd got instead of trying to win the game, it might have been the wiser course.

Sitting immediately to her left, Phil Neville made the point that when the game was at 1-1, the Colombia manager had been brave in his substitutions, sending on attacking players even though Colombia had had a man sent off early. He suggested that if the manager had been more cautious, perhaps bringing on more defensive players, holding on to what he'd got instead of trying to win the game, it might have been the wiser course.

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