> end, you are 1-0 up with 3 minutes to go, you do not take your most
> dangerous attacker Lita and substituted him for Ferdinand, not Ferdinand's
> fault but 60 seconds later Taylor twist his ankle lays down the Dutch do not
> stop play, he stands and skips in one leg and the Dutch take advantage and
> score. The point being that after Lita went out the Dutch threw caution to
> the wind and attack in masse because they knew there was no one in the
> England attack that could worry about.
> In another note the Dutch also did show very poor sportsmanship,
> unfortunately this is not the first time either.
that's one spin.
But Pearce couldn't have known that Taylor would get injured.
And as you say, there were only 3 mins to go.
Given that it was a knockout tournament, the Dutch had nothing to lose
by all out attack; they'd have done that regardless of whether England
had their most potent attacker on the field or not. Their prime
concern was not England scoring again, but them getting one back
Some might say the correct move is to bring on an extra defender.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing