Draw in Euro 2016 opener a ‘bitter pill to swallow’: England coach Hodgson

  • Reuters, Marseille
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2016 12:53 IST
While England coach Roy Hodgson can take away positives from his team’s 1-1 draw against Russia, he will know it was two points lost. (AP)

England coach Roy Hodgson said Russia’s late equaliser in their Euro 2016 Group B tussle on Saturday was a bitter pill to swallow and that his team were deprived a merited win.

“To say we are bitterly disappointed would be an understatement,” Hodgson told reporters after captain Vasili Berezutski equalised in stoppage time to earn Russia a 1-1 draw in a match England dominated.

“We were that close to a deserved victory and to lose it with one minute of injury time remaining is a tough pill to swallow.

“When we analyse the game tomorrow there’ll be a lot of things we will want to take forward and hopefully we’ll be able to put the memory of this last-minute goal behind us.”

Hodgson said his side, who went ahead with an Eric Dier free kick in the 73rd minute, controlled the game apart from a spell early in the second period.

“I thought we were good for the first 45 minutes and the last 30 minutes of the second half. We weren’t very good for the first 15 minutes of the second half and allowed them to play too many long balls forward,” he said.

“I know Dier can do it because I see it in training. We had so much possession in their half and they were being forced to commit those fouls (outside the box).”

Russia coach Leonid Slutski recognised his team were largely outplayed.

“We deserved to have some luck,” he said. “I have to praise the attitude of my players.

“Despite facing a strong opponent and going behind we never stopped putting pressure on them. My players rescued the game. England dominated but we also created chances.”


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