Monday, 13 June 2011

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck annoyed by Spain showboating

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Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck admitted he was irked by Spain's showboating after helping England snatch a dramatic draw in their European Under-21 Championship opener in Denmark.

And the Reds forward warned Sunday night's opponents they would be made to pay even more dearly should they do the same if the sides meet again in the final.

Welbeck netted an 88th-minute equaliser in the Group B clash in Herning to spare his country what would have been a controversial but deserved defeat.

Spain dominated the game virtually from start to finish, keeping possession in a way that has become a hallmark of Spanish sides in recent years.

But they could manage only Ander Herrera's 14th-minute goal and were made to pay for losing concentration after turning on the tricks in the final 15 minutes.

Asked if that had annoyed him, Welbeck said: "Yes, but that's football.

"You've got to deal with every situation you come up against.

"I thought we stayed patient as a team and we passed as a team and we got out towards the end and got a goal."

He added: "They're a good team and that's how they play.

"If we meet them in the final, we'll know what to do."

Head coach Stuart Pearce rubbed salt into Spain's wounds by claiming England would have thrashed them had they had enjoyed as much possession as their opponents did.

"If we had kept the ball away from the Spanish team for that period of time over 90 minutes, we'd have maybe won the game 4-0," he said.

"I was sat on the touchline and even though we didn't have possession of the ball, I didn't feel as though the opposition were going to score a goal.

"It's not often you can say that."

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