Roy Hodgson satisfied with a draw from England's crucial World Cup qualifier in Ukraine
Ukraine 0-0 England
FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier
7.45pm, Tuesday 10 September 2013
Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Live on ITV
Roy Hodgson declared himself satisfied after England drew in Ukraine to remain top of Group H with two games to go in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
It's now down to England, with home games to come against Montenegro and Poland next month, to secure their place in Brazil.
And Three Lions manager Hodgson hailed the way his team battled for a crucial point in Kiev.
He said: "I thought it was probably a fair result. We did very well and could have won it right at the last minute with Frank Lampard's header - it was a good chance.
"Overall it was a big test for the players - and don't forget we had lost seven players from the original squad.
"A lot of players had come into the squad who aren't normally there and aren't used to this level of performance and this level of pressure.
"So I think we have to be more than satisfied, especially as we gained the result without riding our luck in any way, we gained it because we were very good defensively.
"And if we had shown a little bit more composure in the final third, or maybe had a Rooney or a Sturridge available, we may have even got the goal we wanted."
Hodgson admitted England weren't as sharp in attack as they can be, but made no apologies for a safety-first approach as they clinched a result that keeps them one point clear at the top of their qualifying group with next month's home double-header remaining.
He added: "I don't think we were that adventurous, but on the other hand it was down to them to be adventurous, not us. We had to make certain we controlled them.
"We had one or two situations and perhaps we didn't quite have enough quality to make that count.
"But had we thrown caution to the wind and gone all out for the winner and then come away with a 0-1 defeat, which would have virtually ended our chances of topping the group, I don't think we would have got any thanks for that."