There are three key reasons for the dramatic transformation in both our effectiveness and our watchableness; these will get the first three thunks. The first was the early goal. Only at Reading up to now had we got an early goal in a League game, and we hadn’t scored in front of an increasingly irritated and impatient home crowd before the 78th minute before this one. Here, particularly with elements of the crowd riled and ready to turn this game felt as if it could be a breaking point. Mark Yeates’ drilled strike, capitalising on a defensive error but coming on the tail of a neat passing move as we started the game on the front foot, settled nerves, got the crowd square behind the team.
GhanaWeb: The fans took the plaudits as rivals Ghana and Nigeria battled out a rather uninspiring goalless draw in tonight’s international friendly at Vicarage Road, with an estimated live TV audience of 30 million watching on from across Africa and beyond.
Hornblogger: I went to the England-Ghana friendly in March and it was one of the most entertaining football crowds I’ve ever been part of. The Ghanian supporters celebrated corners, free kicks, passes and even throw-ins with ever increasing enthusiasm. Although I was supporting England I very much hoped Ghana would score just to experience their goal reaction and it lived up to all expectations when they equalised in the closing minutes. So I wasn’t going to miss the chance to experience that kind of atmosphere at the ground I know and love the most.