Hodgson furious at ref Cakir after Gerrard sees red and Defoe has goal chalked off

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Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Dailymail

Roy Hodgson was aggrieved and relieved on Tuesday after a late Frank Lampard penalty saved England from a World Cup qualifying defeat by Ukraine.

England were trailing to a first-half screamer from Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplianka with three
minutes to go and heading towards a loss that would have left them facing an uphill struggle to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as winners of Group H.

But Hodgson's team were handed a lifeline in the dying minutes as substitute Danny Welbeck won them a penalty.

Hodgson furious at ref Cakir after Gerrard sees red and Defoe has goal chalked off
Pointing the finger: Roy Hodgson shows his displeasure at referee Cakir after the final whistle

Lampard scored the spot-kick to save his side from their first World Cup qualifying defeat at Wembley for 12 years.

England were annoyed that a first-half Jermain Defoe goal was ruled out for a foul with the game at 0-0 and Hodgson went straight to the referee's room to protest after the full-time whistle.

'I don't really know why Jermain's goal was disallowed as we couldn't see a foul on the bench,' said Hodgson.

Nevertheless, the England camp still could not hide their relief at salvaging a point, even if a late sending off for Steven Gerrard left a sour taste.

Hodgson said: 'I suppose you are always relieved when you are one down late on. I am not sure I will accept it was a poor performance.

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