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March 27, 2013 1:30 AM IST
Stadion Pod Goricom — Podgorica
Referee:‬ J. Eriksson‎
Attendance:‬ 11300‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Montenegro 1-1 England

Wayne Rooney scored as the Three Lions enjoyed a dream start but Montenegro came roaring out of the blocks after the break and Dejan Damjanovic grabbed an equaliser

By Oliver Platt

  • Mladen Božović
    1
    1
    3.00

    Mladen Božović

    Nearly caught out by Rooney's chip after he slipped and could not keep out the striker's header minutes later. Otherwise, he did not have too many saves to make.

  • Elsad Zverotić
    2
    1
    2.50

    Elsad Zverotić

    Tidy enough when he got the ball in central midfield, but did not really ever put his foot on proceedings.

  • Marko Basa
    4
    1
    3.50

    Marko Basa

    Did not fare badly given that he was often left exposed to some dangerous crosses by his full-backs. Rooney did not see too much of the ball in the box.

  • Miodrag Djudovic
    1
    1
    3.00

    Miodrag Djudovic

    A quieter evening after he felt the force of Rooney's boot last time these two sides met. Came through the first half having kept England at bay and found it easier after the players in front of him had woken up.

  • Stefan Savic
    4
    1
    2.50

    Stefan Savic

    Started confidently and tried to attack from right-back but was seriously troubled at times by Welbeck's pace, and might have conceded a penalty.

  • Vladimir Božović
    1
    2
    1.50

    Vladimir Božović Flop of the Match

    Had real problems dealing with Milner at left-back, and was eventually sacrificed for another forward player as Montenegro pushed for victory.

  • Vladimir Volkov
    1
    1
    2.00

    Vladimir Volkov

    Largely anonymous on the left flank, even after Montenegro's dramatic improvement in the second half.

  • Mitar Novaković
    1
    1
    2.00

    Mitar Novaković

    Replaced at the break by an attacker, Damjanovic, after an ineffective first-half display.

  • Simon Vukcevic
    0
    3
    2.00

    Simon Vukcevic

    Saw plenty of the ball but used it poorly both in an attacking midfield position and a deeper role and was brought off for debutant Krkotic in the second half.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    7
    2
    3.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    Created space with his intelligent movement and led the Montenegro attack to the England goal, but some poor crossing and finishing on his part often saw those good positions wasted.

  • Stevan Jovetic
    9
    1
    3.50

    Stevan Jovetic

    Much more involved after half-time and tested Hart with a sweetly-struck volley, drawing more fouls out of the England defenders in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Miloš Krkotić
    3
    1
    3.00

    Miloš Krkotić

    Replaced Vukcevic in midfield and helped to maintain Montenegro's forward momentum.

  • Andrija Delibasic
    1
    1
    2.50

    Andrija Delibasic

    Came on for the last 15 minutes as Montenegro pushed for a goal but England improved after they had bagged the equaliser.

  • Dejan Damjanović
    5
    1
    3.50

    Dejan Damjanović

    A threat on the right after his half-time introduction and his attacking persistence paid off when he scrambled in the equaliser.

  • Joe Hart
    4
    4
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Strong after nearly spilling a Vukcevic shot, denying Damjanovic before he scored and also parrying a Jovetic volley.

  • Ashley Cole
    6
    3
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Attacked well in the first half, resulting in Vucinic being moved away from him almost immediately, but penned in after half-time.

  • Chris Smalling
    2
    7
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Defended with little fuss and coped better than most of his team-mates when Montenegro cranked up the pressure in the second half.

  • Glen Johnson
    6
    4
    2.00

    Glen Johnson

    Started brightly, clipping the crossbar with a left-footed drive, but was then booked for a needless challenge on Jovetic. Dealt easily with Volkov, but the movement of the Montenegrin forwards caused him problems.

  • Joleon Lescott
    2
    6
    2.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Always looked uncomfortable with the bobbly pitch but dealt with everything that came his way decisively, if not with much elegance, in the first half. After the break, he struggled, heading one cross right down into the path of Vucinic.

  • James Milner
    10
    10
    3.50

    James Milner Top of the Match

    A strong performance which proved he is capable of more than discipline and defending on the right flank. Swung in some superb crosses and consistently found space in which to operate.

  • Michael Carrick
    9
    7
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    His composure and efficiency was ideally suited to a game like this. Found it more difficult to calm England down after Montenegro picked up a head of steam, but his own performance remained very tidy.

  • Steven Gerrard
    17
    4
    2.50

    Steven Gerrard

    Made some good runs forward and played one or two nice through balls but too often he telegraphed passes and made it too easy for the opposition. Did provide the corner from which Rooney headed in, however.

  • Tom Cleverley
    7
    9
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    His movement is excellent, and he consistently linked up with Welbeck as a result. A classy, intelligent first-half display which proved why Hodgson has started him in every World Cup qualifier so far, but faded after the break.

  • Danny Welbeck
    10
    9
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    A big threat when he found the room to stretch his legs and outpace Savic. Will argue that he should have had a penalty in the first half after outrunning the right-back to the left of goal, but saw a booking for simulation instead.

  • Wayne Rooney
    16
    5
    3.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Put the memory of his last visit to Podgorica to rest with a lively display as the lone striker, chipping the goalkeeper and hitting the post before heading home the opening goal. Combined well with the midfield support for much of the game but isolated at times in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Ashley Young
    2
    5
    2.50

    Ashley Young

    Made a reasonable impression as England ended strongly after a miserable second half.

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