Danny Welbeck toasted a Wembley double but lamented a fateful yellow card against Moldova
England's two-goal hero Danny Welbeck admitted it was a day of mixed emotions against Moldova as he played superbly in a 4-0 victory but was also harshly booked - which means he will miss Tuesday's match in the Ukraine through suspension.
Welbeck, who was on top form at Wembley with two excellent finishes set up by strike partner Rickie Lambert, was shown a yellow card for shooting at goal after he had already been adjudged offside - his second booking in the World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Manchester United striker said: "It's obviously very disappointing to get the yellow card; you are playing in front of thousands of fans and you can't always hear the whistle. Also I thought I was onside and wanted to put it in the back of the net, and that's what I went to do.
"It was difficult to get my head right after that because I'm not going to be taking part in the next game. But obviously the main thing was to play your part for the team and make sure you give it your best shot. Hopefully we get the right result in Ukraine."
England manager Roy Hodgson says his striker was hugely unlucky to be punished so harshly.
He said: "I don't believe that was a yellow card offence. And his first yellow card came in Montenegro when we should have a penalty but he was booked for diving. So he's been unbelievably unfortunate and so have we.
"It will make life difficult for us and it does take the gloss off a very good win and a good performance."
Southampton striker Lambert could now be even more crucial to England in Kiev. And having scored against Scotland on his debut he hit the net again against Moldova - as well as setting up two more as the Three Lions went top of Group H.
Lambert said: "It was a good day. We won and I got on the scoresheet so I'm over the moon again. Scoring for England is the best feeling in the world. I hope I've given the manager a different option."