Roy Hodgson defiantly defends England following a close defeat to Ukraine
Roy Hodgson defended his men in spite of their woeful performance against Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday night. The England manager believes the 1-1 draw is not the best of results; still he would not label it as complete failure.
England went behind in the early parts of the game due to a magnificent 25-yard screamer from Ukraine’s No. 10 Yevgen Konoplianka. England were forced to play on their back foot after the goal which resulted in poor game play and lack of creativity.
The Three Lions adopted a more physical routine which eventually led to the exit of their skipper. The England captain Steven Gerrard was given the marching orders after two yellow cards. The list of England players continued to swell till the end of the game. The list included Glen Johnson, James Milner, Jermain Defoe and Joleon Lescott.
In the 87th minute England won a penalty kick. Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard stepped up to save England from an embarrassing defeat by putting the ball in the back of the net. The score remained leveled at 1-1 at the final whistle.
Roy Hodgson defiantly praised England after the game. The former Liverpool boss reckons England made an impressive comeback in spite of having only 10 men on the field.
“You are always relieved when you are losing 1-0 and you get a late equalizer,” Roy Hodgson said. “I suppose all games you don't win at home people say it's not a great performance but I didn't think we did that badly.
“We kept at our task. We started poorly in the first 10 minutes but once we got into our stride we had quite good control of the game.
“We went one down to a wonder strike and from then on against a good Ukrainian team you are always going to be up against it but I was pleased with the way we kept playing our football, taking the game to them and creating chances.”
Roy Hodgson completely evaded questions of whether England could have done better. The Englishman told reporters that he was “very pleased” with performance of his players and believed they would bring success to England in the future.
“In the end we fully deserved our equalizer so I suppose I'll dodge the question whether it was a good performance or whatever and say that I was very pleased with the way the players went about their task,” Roy Hodgson said.