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No doubts for Allardyce as England get out of jail in Slovakia

Sam Allardyce feels his England side were never in doubt in Slovakia on Sunday.

The Three Lions required a 95th-minute goal from Adam Lallana - his first international goal - in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Trnava.

Slovakia were reduced to ten men when Lallana's former Liverpool teammate Martin Skrtel was sent off for a second bookable offence before the hour-mark but it took until the final kick of the game for England to win.

However, Allardyce felt his side's performance deserved the maximum points they received in what was his first foray into national team management.

"I don't think there was any doubt that we deserved it," Allardyce told Sky Sports News HQ.

"I think this time compared to last time, we won 1-0 which is what matters in the end in front of our own fans who were desperately waiting for that goal.

"We finally got it and we all celebrated, rightly so after that performance.

"We totally dominated the game in what everyone is telling me is one of the most difficult games to play here in Slovakia, their record is very, very good.

"We definitely had to go and win it when they went down to 10 men.

"It could've been a little easier but we got there in the end.

"I was getting a little bit worried, I must admit that we were wasting our chances but finally we got one in."

Andrew Slevison
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