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Hodgson happy with England's display against Ukraine, but frustrated by referee's decisions

Roy Hodgson admits he was frustrated with some of the referee's decisions as his England side were held to a 1-1 draw against Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday.

"I am disappointed," said the England manager. "There won't be too many people watching the game that would disagree with me when I say some of the yellow cards were extremely harsh.

"Steven Gerrard was very unfortunate to get sent off, I would be amazed if he made two tackles during that game, let alone two bookable offences."

Hodgson was relatively satisfied with England's performance.

"Luckily we got our reward and who knows if Steven Gerrard had managed to stay on the pitch we might have got a winner. Had we lost the game it would have been harsh on us as we deserved the draw.

"The first 15 minutes we weren't at our best. The next 75 minutes we dominated the game totally. We created chances throughout the game, we struck the post three times. We thoroughly deserved a point.

'Confident'

"I am very happy with what happened out there. The fact is we played against a very good Ukraine team but I was very pleased with the way the players went about their task. I leave Wembley tonight a lot more confident that we have a squad that will take us to Rio in 2014."

Frank Lampard's 87th-minute penalty earned England a point in Hodgson’s first competitive game at Wembley, after Yevhen Khacheridi handled in the box, cancelling out Yevhen Konoplyanka’s stunning 39th minute strike.

England finished with 10 men after Steven Gerrard was sent off for a second yellow card with a minute remaining.

Jermain Defoe had an early strike disallowed. The striker fired in a superb shot from just outside the box, but his effort was ruled out for an elbow on Andriy Yarmolenko.

Tom Cleverley then wasted a goood opportunity when he poked Defoe’s header straight at Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov.

Cleverley looked bright and later hit the post, while Danny Welbeck wasted an opportunity when he shot against a post.

By Mark Roach


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