Gerrard Slams Stupid & Horrific Honduras Tackles
Captain Stephen Gerrard didn't pull any punches following the draw with Honduras last night, as speaking to ITV in the tunnel immediately after the game he said quite unequivocally.
'We thought the referee was poor. We're quite frustrated in the dressing room because they were committing some stupid fouls. Maybe we could have moved the ball a bit quicker, but there were some horrific challenges out there.'
Gerrard went on to say that the game just didn't have any rhythm to it, for a variety of reasons and that can often be the case with friendlies anyway, but ultimately he was just happy to see everybody come off the pitch in one piece.
'I thought there were some horrific tackles for a friendly. I got caught with a bad one. I don't understand the referee when the ball is being kicked into a player's chest. That should have been a straight red card, and with ten men it could've been different.'
For those watching, it wasn't actually Sturridge's chest that the ball hit, it was slightly more south and it even looked like he had a bottle thrown at him when he left the pitch, so the referee certainly set a good example didn't he.
Reduced to ten men inside the first half, the game could well have played out differently, and it should've done given the stupidity of Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre's unbelievable actions.
That's not to say of course that England didn't give some back, but the bookings we received, well as already said, two of them to my memory were for blatant dives and acting that an Oscar nominee would've been proud of.
So it's fair to say the referee was hardly consistent in any direction really.
If that's a taste of things to come, then at least we are prepared for it now and we'll keep our discipline again and show some of these players up for what they are. Difficult to do that if we get sucked into acting the same and replicating some of the daftness we see in the Premier League though at points.
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