Saturday, June 14
Do Holland play direct football?
Strange to say I felt a tinge of sympathy for Sam Allardyce last night. Holland might have been brilliant, but had Van Persie's first goal been scored by say Andy Carroll from a Stewart Downing or Matt Jarvis cross it would have been labelled as classic Big Sam direct football. The Netherlands' Daley Blind played a long diagonal cross from near the halfway line and Van Persie managed to get his head on it and direct it past Casillas. Yet the Guardian described it as "a beautiful lofted pass for Van Persie's majestic diving header" and a "stunning diagonal ball." Holland's second came from a diagonal cross too, while the third was from a set piece, Van Persie closed down the keeper for the fourth and Robben outpaced a static defence for the fifth. Perhaps the problem is not so much the style of football WHU play as not having the likes of Daley Blind, Van Persie and Robben to do it effectively.