England 'lucky', says Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello has admitted that his England side were 'lucky' to beat Wales in their Euro 2012 qualifier last night, after they scraped a 1-0 at Wembley.

England started the match well, and when Ashley Young gave England the lead it looked like Wales might have been in for a hammering, but in the second half the Welsh dominated, taking it to the English and spurning a golden oppotunity to grab an equaliser; Robert Earnshaw missing an absolute sitter to see England to the three points.

'We were lucky,' said the England manager. 'The moment when their player made a big mistake in front of goal was lucky, but I didn't think we played very well in the last 15 minutes and we suffered. We never had good possession and never pressed the ball. We played on the counter-attack without speed.

'We played well for 20 minutes in the first half but we need to play well for the whole match.

Sometimes the result is the most important thing and I think at Wembley our opponents play with more courage and aggression.

'Probably here at Wembley we lose confidence. Some players who usually dribble and go straight at goal don't do it. We pass across the goal four or five times. I always want three players in front of goal but there was only one.

'In qualification for the World Cup we played very well at Wembley but we probably felt the pressure of getting the result and the other team didn't. It is different if you can do something with a free mind.'

United Kingdom - Excite Network Copyright ©1995 - 2019