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Hodgson confesses England flat for Poland draw

England coach Roy Hodgson blamed the match delays for their flat performance in last night's 1-1 draw in Poland.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney put the visitors in front and missed a glorious chance to double that lead, but Poland were good value for their draw in the end and could easily have had more to show for their efforts than a Kamil Glik equaliser that came after a mistake from Joe Hart.

"On Monday, after the training session on the pitch, the players were looking very sharp and lively," he said. "I didn't get that impression today.

"I don't want to give the impression we were hard done by and our opponents weren't.

"But if a game is postponed it is a little bit easier if you are on home soil.

"We had that extra day and night in the hotel."

Hodgson labelled the pitch as "dead", which may have contributed to some uncharacteristically sloppy passing, with Michael Carrick among those most affected.

"There was no question the pitch was playable but it wasn't suited to quick passing," he said.

"Both teams made quite a few passing mistakes. At half-time we were quite surprised how many passes we had sent astray."

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