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Crouch keeps England on course

Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 23.45CET
F.Y.R. Macedonia 0-1 England
England made it three wins in three games under coach Steve McClaren thanks to Peter Crouch's strike.

Match statistics

FYROMEngland

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target1
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
7
Corners6
 
9
Fouls committed22
 
27
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 23.45CET

Crouch keeps England on course

F.Y.R. Macedonia 0-1 England
England made it three wins in three games under coach Steve McClaren thanks to Peter Crouch's strike.

England maintained their 100 per cent record under coach Steve McClaren by making it three wins in three internationals, though they were made to work hard for the three points as Peter Crouch's goal saw off F.Y.R. Macedonia in a UEFA EURO 2008™ Group E qualifier in Skopje.

Slow start
In a low-key first half, England could not find the slick rhythm and high tempo they had displayed in their previous two outings, as the Macedonians more than held their own. Crouch drew a fingertip save from Jane Nikolovski and strike partner Jermain Defoe went close with an overhead kick from Phil Neville's long throw, but otherwise England looked less than threatening. F.Y.R. Macedonia kept the home fans excited with a spell of pressure towards the end of the opening period, when England also had their best chance as Frank Lampard brought Nikolovski into action with a bobbling left-footed drive.

Crouch strikes
England were livelier after the break and it took only a minute for them to move in front as Lampard's persistence produced a cross for Crouch to claim his eleventh international goal, the Liverpool FC forward hooking a volley in off the underside of the bar. The match officials saw the ball had clearly crossed the line but McClaren missed it, as he was yet to emerge from the dressing room. Robert Petrov thought he had equalised in the 52nd minute but his cross-cum-shot from the left was still in play when England keeper Paul Robinson caught it on his goalline.

Near misses
Crouch was close to adding to his tally with a flashing effort that whistled past Nikolovski's right-hand post, while Goran Pandev made Robinson dive low to smother his attempt from outside the box. Artim Sakiri had the home supporters on their feet again when he went agonisingly close with a raking left-footer with 12 minutes remaining, but England held on despite an incredible late scare when Ashley Cole cleared off the line after McClaren's men had got into a desperate tangle at the back.

Last updated: 07/09/06 11.06CET

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Lineups

FYROM

FYROM

England

England

1
NikoloskiJane Nikoloski (GK)
1
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
2
NoveskiNikolce Noveski
2
P. NevillePhil Neville
3
PetrovRobert Petrov
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Yellow Card89
4
SedloskiGoce Sedloski (C)
4
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Yellow Card88
5
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
8
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
6
TerryJohn Terry (C)
9
MaznovGoran Maznov
Substitution56
7
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
11
NaumoskiIlco Naumoski
Yellow Card1
Substitution74
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Substitution84
14
LazarevskiVlade Lazarevski
Yellow Card38
9
CrouchPeter Crouch
Goal46
Yellow Card60
Substitution88
17
JancevskiIgor Jancevski
Substitution53
10
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution76
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Yellow Card67
11
DowningStewart Downing

Substitutes

12
PacovskiTome Pacovski (GK)
13
FosterBen Foster (GK)
10
SakiriArtim Sakiri
Substitution74
15
CarrickMichael Carrick
Substitution84
18
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Substitution53
16
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution76
20
StojkovAco Stojkov
Substitution56
18
JohnsonAndrew Johnson
Substitution88
6
A. MitreskiAleksandar Mitreski
12
BridgeWayne Bridge
7
GrozdanoskiVlatko Grozdanoski
14
BrownWes Brown
15
VasoskiAleksandar Vasoski
17
BentDarren Bent

Coach

Srečko Katanec (SVN) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Patrick Reinbold (FRA), Franck Leloup (FRA)

Fourth official

Olivier Thual (FRA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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