It does seem a commonly used cliche but this really was a game of two halves.
England were going into this game high on confidence after they outplayed and outclassed a poor opposition in San Marino.
Montenegro were always going to be a tough prospect for Roy Hodgson’s men to face.
Captain Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole were one of several changes made for this World Cup Qualifying match.
The first half seemed nothing to worry about. Wayne Rooney was proving once again influential and hit the post early on.
And minutes later Rooney put England 1-0 up with a header from a Gerrard cross.
And it stayed like that until half time. Much of the first saw England play some intelligent football. Danny Welbeck in particular proved key.
Montenegro made changes at half time and attempted to become more attacking.
As England began to fold, Montenegro did the opposite.
The inevitable happened and the equaliser eventually came.
At 1-1, with 15 minutes to go both teams tried to get the winner but this came to avail.
It was no surprise that the game ended a stalemate. A game of two halves saw the gap between England and Montenegro stay at 2 points with Montenegro still on top.
It is definitely unclear who will eventually qualify. Poland and Ukraine should also not be forgotten.
England’s campaign will continue in September. Whether they will reach the World Cup is another question.