Could you just talk us through the goal, Bob….
After little more than four hours’ sleep, plenty of driving and the inevitable drop in adrenalin following a big game such as Saturday’s U.S. v England match, there were a few weary souls among the reporters following the United States when we headed to team HQ at Irene Farm on Sunday morning for a press conference with coach Bob Bradley and defender Steve Cherundolo.
There was no sign of jadedness from Bradley, though, who when touching upon Steven Gerrard’s fourth minute opener for England, described it in the following terms:
“When the ball came into Lampard, Michael stepped up to close him down, Rooney came into the hole, now Gooch has to decide how tight he is going to go. Michael put enough pressure on that the initial pass that Lampard made was intended for Rooney but it skipped by him and went to Heskey, so in that moment, that space, with Gooch out of there, between Jay and Carlos and now Ricardo is caught in a tough spot because he has to decide if he can recover and track Gerrard. So all it takes in these kind of games is a couple of seconds where the reactions aren’t as good as they need to be and you’ve left a hole and you pay. This is what happens when the games are up there at the highest level.”
A bit more than “the boy done well” or “lapse in concentration”, that, isn’t it?
In the light of that remarkably detailed description, I asked Bradley if, like some NFL coaches, he spends the night after a game watching the video of the match at his hotel?
“I am pretty fortunate that I have a good recollection. Immediately after the game, the way you test it is that you watch and see if what you think you saw is what happened. By the time we rolled in here last night, I had watched that goal a few times.”
And I bet he watched it again over breakfast, don’t you?