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Time to turn my attention to the Euros now that Notts are done for the season. I watched Wales vs Switzerland. Wales were lucky to draw in the end. Bale and Ramsey didn't turn up. Their keeper, Danny Ward, was superb, kept them in it. They need a big improvement to beat Turkey. 

It was frightening to see Christian Erikkson collapse on the pitch. Thankfully he's stable. Denmark decided to finish the game and perhaps it's no surprise that they lost 1-0 to Finland. They missed a penalty that Erikkson would have taken and probably have scored but some things are more important than football. 

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I saw the Denmark game. After having seen the players crying and saying their prayers while their teammate was being given CPR, I couldn't believe they restarted it (at the wish of Erikssen and the teams) an hour later. When you've had a shock, it's natural to try to carry on as normal. But when you do that, it's not as easy as you thought it would be. Someone from UEFA should have taken responsibility and abandoned the match. As a sporting spectacle it was a farce. 

I saw the opener and was very disappointed with Turkey. Fancy Wales to beat them in that form. 

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Yeah, best wishes to Eriksson hope he’s doing ok now. Made me forget about our game earlier pretty quickly.

I think the minute the players formed that barrier the footage should’ve been cut. It was quite clear something was very wrong and it was awful stuff to watch I turned over after the camera kept zooming back in to see what it could pick up. God knows how many times they did it before they did eventually cut to the studio.

Italy and Belgium looking good after their first games, I think they’ll both do quite well.

England Croatia today – I kind of think as long as we beat Scotland and Czech Republic we’ll be okay. It doesn’t really matter if we finish top or not, we’ll have to play one of France, Germany or Portugal none of them are going to be easy. Finish second and we’ll probably get Sweden or Poland...

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Issue for England right now, nobody is making those direct runs from the channels into the key areas. They're almost walking the ball into chances and the creativity is there, but its not effective at all at this stage.

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England's game management has been superb. Modric is having to drop into his own half to pick up possession. Croatia haven't been great but a lot of that is down to England not allowing them to play. 

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Scotland 1 down to Czechia at half time. They need a miracle given that they have to play England and Croatia. I don't know why they started Lyndon Dykes ahead of Che Adams. Adams is on now and Christie is off. 2 up front is the way to go but it might a bit late!

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Disappointed with Turkey, they're a decent team and should be doing better against Wales.

Wales on the other hand have played some neat stuff, much more organised and together than Scotland, they play to their strengths, but they need to drop this reliance on Gareth Bale. He's not Ronaldo, he won't change the game completely by himself. Plus at times he's been guilty of being greedy, running into no man's land when he could've passed earlier in his run.

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Typical Turkey. Start getting ratty when they are losing. Some things never change. Wales defended brilliantly. Ben Davies was immense. Bale despite the penalty miss was brilliant. Dan James broke out superbly when Wales were under pressure. It was practically a home game for Turkey and they failed miserably. 2nd goal. Roberts. Wales are in the knock out stages. 

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That circle group of Welsh players with Gareth Bale in the middle, jesus he takes himself seriously. He handed Connor Roberts the ball on a plate but as I said before - he needs to work as a team player not as the only effective channel of play. Always been the overhyped player!

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11 minutes ago, Chris said:

That circle group of Welsh players with Gareth Bale in the middle, jesus he takes himself seriously. He handed Connor Roberts the ball on a plate but as I said before - he needs to work as a team player not as the only effective channel of play. Always been the overhyped player!

Ah Chris. He got 2 assists. I know you are a secret Bale fan 😂

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He created 5 chances, but that's working as a team. There were spells where he just wasted by being greedy, I don't actually have anything against him - just think he's overrated and slightly arrogant.

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