UEFA Euro 2012: Poland & Ukraine
Group D
England 1-0 Ukraine-  Full manager comments

 

 


England head coach Roy Hodgson:  "All we seem to do is talk about expectations. It's more important to talk about how the team has conducted itself in the tournament. It's been a really good tournament for us and we've enjoyed every minute of it. The fans who've followed us around have always found themselves in a big minority. They've made a fantastic effort to support us, as have the people back home. So, for us, it's not really a question of expectations. We just want to keep going, enjoy this tournament as long as we can, play as well as we can and who knows where it will take us? We're very pleased to have won the group. I don't think it was an easy group to win because, as you saw tonight, the host nation, Ukraine, have a lot of good players and they did what they needed to do to put us under pressure. France lost for the first time in [24] matches and Sweden are the team that actually ended France's run. [Rooney's] got character, hasn't he? You know what Rooney is, you know what Rooney can do. You know his qualities, and once again tonight he showed them in abundance. He put in an extremely disciplined performance. I thought he and [Danny] Welbeck worked extremely hard and, of course, although I've played this down to some extent, it is a while since he played a competitive match, so he's got to be happy with how it went. We think every day helps him and helps us. And the fact he's had 80 minutes in this game will help him feel he can go into the next game with more confidence."

 

 


Ukraine head coach Oleh Blokhin:  "I want to thank my team as we played a very good game. Even the coach of England said they were luckier than us. I want to thank the whole of Ukraine and all our supporters. We couldn't do what we expected, but I don't feel ashamed of this team. First we conceded a lucky goal, and then we played a very good game. England only went forward from counterattacks. In the second half, they had no chances. We had a big advantage. England only had a few set pieces. We had lots of shots on target, but we weren't lucky. Maybe I'm not lucky for our team. There are five referees on the pitch and the ball is 50 centimetres behind the goal-line. Write what you want. You've seen it. Why do we need five referees if [Andy] Carroll plays with his elbows or [John] Terry fouls from behind? I do not want to talk about referees. But I would not like to [blame] everything on referees. Against France, we suffered from a lack of passion, but the game today was much better; there was music in our dressing room before the game. [Andriy] Voronin chose the music – a great song about the Euros which was very good in helping the players get into the game. I think that was a really good decision, but I am sorry how everything went. That's football, though: somebody loses, someone wins. This team has lots of potential. Against a team like England, to play pressing football in the 93rd minute is great- we had our chances against one of the best teams in the tournament and on another day we could have got something from the game. We have lots of young players, who will stay in this team."

 


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