GENERALLY I’m not a fan of Darren Bent, despite his phenomenal goal scoring record.
I cannot see him leading an England team successfully against the likes of Germany and Spain.
But I have to take my hat off and eat humble pie after two great finishes to earn his relegation haunted team a point last weekend. The biggest turning point however was something I’ve spoken about at length for what's seems like over a decade now – goal line technology.
Last weekend was almost a perfect excuse not to introduce it. Because unlike other sports where it’s a success, rugby league, tennis, cricket etc...after just about every notable event there is a break.
In football the referee blows his whistle and it’s then continual for 45 minutes.
So last Saturday afternoon, at what point would you have stopped the play to view the evidence?
I have to say that yes there have been mistakes made, but rarely if ever have they actually affected the result. The best team nearly always wins and the result reflects the balance of play.
Looking at last Saturday, I wouldn’t like to say that the ball definitely crossed the line. Within 20 seconds there was another goal – and that’s one of football’s many beauties.
While on the subject of interference, I’m not convinced by European games having five officials with one behind the goal. They had one for the disputed penalty incident in the Manchester United game who was looking straight at it.