Hodgson furious at ref Cakir after Gerrard's sees red and Defoe has goal chalked off
23:12 GMT, 11 September 2012
Roy Hodgson was aggrieved and relieved on Tuesday after a late Frank Lampard penalty saved England from a World Cup qualifying defeat by Ukraine.
England were trailing to a first-half screamer from Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplianka with three minutes to go and heading towards a loss that would have left them facing an uphill struggle to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as winners of Group H.
But Hodgson's team were handed a lifeline in the dying minutes as substitute Danny Welbeck won them a penalty.
Pointing the finger: Roy Hodgson shows his displeasure at referee Cakir after the final whistle
Lampard scored the spot-kick to save his side from their first World Cup qualifying defeat at Wembley for 12 years.
England were annoyed that a
first-half Jermain Defoe goal was ruled out for a foul with the game at
0-0 and Hodgson went straight to the referee's room to protest after the
'I don't really know why Jermain's goal was disallowed as we couldn't see a foul on the bench,' said Hodgson.
Nevertheless, the England camp still
could not hide their relief at salvaging a point, even if a late sending
off for Steven Gerrard left a sour taste.
Hodgson said: 'I suppose you are
always relieved when you are one down late on. I am not sure I will
accept it was a poor performance.
Sent off: Steven Gerrard hands the armband to Lampard after his dismissal
'We went a goal down to a wonder
strike and you are always going to be up against it. But we kept going
and kept probing and deserved our equaliser.
'The post was made to work a few
times and we created some dangerous moments. I don't think there were
many bad fouls. There were too many yellow cards and Steven was unlucky.
He didn't deserve two yellow cards.'
England will be without Gerrard when
they face San Marino in their next qualifier in October but the captain
will be back for the tougher-looking meeting with Poland that follows.
Speaking about his penalty, Lampard
said: 'It's a bit nerveracking to take a penalty near end of the game,
so I was happy to see it go in the back of the net.
'No-one knows why Jermain's goal was
disallowed. We thought it was a free-kick and that the ref brought it
back too early. It wasn't a foul at all, so we are very disappointed.
Before the game, we wanted to win, but in the circumstances, after
having a goal disallowed, it showed great character to get a point.
Clinical: Frank Lampard dispatched his second penalty in as many England games to seal the points
'I don't think you can pin it all on
anxiety. It is a long group and this was not an easy game, so it was
good to get a point.'
Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin was not his usual controversial self after the game but did feel that his team could have won.
He said: 'I can't imagine a better
start, we created lots of problems for England and we had really good
chances, particularly in the beginning.'
Montenegro took over top spot in Group H on goal difference following their 6-0 away thrashing of whipping boys San Marino.
Poland are third in the table – also with four points – following their 2-0 home win over Moldova.
Captain Jakub Blaszczykowski led Poland from the front, scoring one goal and setting up the other.
Blaszczykowski put the home team
ahead with a penalty in the 33rd minute after Lukasz Piszczek was
brought down by midfielder Arthur Patras.
Jakub Wawrzyniak then made the game safe after heading in a cross from the skipper.
The Poles are level with England on
points and coach Waldemar Fornalik said: 'We will have to get stronger
for the England match.'