Not A Happy Return For Dyer

Last updated : 08 February 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor
Dyer did his best, but it was not enough to take the pressure off the England coach who insists his side are heading in the right direction.

England were booed off at Old Trafford after Andres Iniesta had scored the goal that gave Spain a 1-0 win.

After a four-game winless streak that has produced just a single goal, there certainly appears little room for optimism ahead of next month's must-not-lose qualifier in Israel. And the fans left McClaren knowing exactly what they thought of him after his side failed to have one telling shot on target.

McClaren: "I don't feel the players are letting me down. The attitude and effort was there. It was the quality we lacked, especially in the final third.

"Nobody is blind to the fact we lacked that final pass and cross and finish. That is what wins you football matches.

"There were a few performances which weren't up to their usual standards. That is the disappointing aspect of this performance. The players know that and it will be made clear."

"Obviously, it is disappointing to lose. I can understand the reaction of the fans because we don't like losing, especially because this is our last game at Old Trafford. We generally have a good record here but we have finished on a low. We know that.

"We knew it was going to be a hard game and we lost it."