England boss Hodgson pleased with point but blames soggy pitch for poor showing

England manager Roy Hodgson says he was happy to get a point from this evening’s World Cup qualifier with Poland in Warsaw.

England manager Roy Hodgson says he was happy to get a point from this evening’s World Cup qualifier with Poland in Warsaw.

The match was initially scheduled for last night but torrential rain prompted UEFA to postpone it until today which forced the Three Lions to spend more time than they had accounted for in the Polish capital.

Nevertheless, the game had to be played and although England’s game was compromised because of the slow pitch, Hodgson was pleased to get a point on the road after Poland’s Kamil Glik cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s lucky opener in the 1-1 draw.

"I don't think it was one of our better performances," he said as his side retained to spot on the Group H table.

"There were lots of factors for that situation.

"It was a soggy pitch, a pitch suited to long balls rather than a passing game. There was also the extra 36 hours or whatever we've had to stay after the rain yesterday.

"Having said that I'm pleased with the point. I think a point here away when the group is decided next October may be good.

"We gave the ball away a number of times but so did the Polish. We can excuse the players because of surface.

"It wasn't one of our better performances but we did get the result. It does give me heart that we still showed character."

 
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