Four is fine for Phil
Wednesday, 12 September, 2012
Jagielka insists a win and a draw is a good start for England.
by Chris Hatherall
Phil Jagielka says England can be happy enough with four points from their opening two World Cup Qualifiers.
The Three Lions were held 1-1 at home by Ukraine having beaten Moldova 5-0 away; and although the Everton defender Jagielka admits they were looking for six points, he refused to be downhearted.
After a fine opening goal from Yevhen Konoplianka had given the visitors a half-time lead, Frank Lampard's late penalty levelled matters as England searched for an equaliser.
And he says England can go into their next match against San Marino at Wembley on 12 October full of confidence.
He said: "We created a lot of chances and were a bit unfortunate not to have taken them at important times.
"The manager said it was going to be a tough game with the ability they've got and once they got the goal it was always going to be an uphill task. But fair play to the boys they dug in and created quite a few chances and fortunately Frank stuck the penalty away.
"It was definitely one point gained in the end. It's four points for us from the first two games - we would have loved six, especially after the last performance - but four points is fine. We look forward to the next game against San Marino now and if we can make that seven then hopefully we can still finish top of the group."
Jagielka was disappointed to see a first-half goal from Jermain Defoe disallowed for the way he fended off an opponent before shooting - a decision which may have changed the course of the game.
"If I'm JD and I've brushed someone away and then smacked one in the top corner I'd be absolutely devastated it's been pulled back.
"But it happened; and they got a goal soon after which was double whammy. But the boys showed great character to keep going. And thankfully a point isn't such a bad result in the end."