England defender Phil Jagielka happy with point against Ukraine in World Cup qualifier
Phil Jagielka is confident England can qualify for the World Cup as winners of Group H despite drawing with Ukraine.
Last Updated: 12/09/12 4:50pm
The Everton centre-back was called into the starting XI in the absence of the injured John Terry but could do nothing to prevent Yevhen Konoplyanka opening the scoring in stunning fashion before the interval.
Roy Hodgson's side needed a late leveller via Frank Lampard's penalty to secure a draw, with their next tests on the road to Brazil 2014 coming at Wembley against San Marino on 12th October, before a testing trip to Poland four days later.
Asked if Tuesday night's performance and result were merely 'OK', Jagielka said: "It's probably the right word to use. No great shakes.
"We'd have loved to have had the full six points but four points will do. As long as we continue building on it, we'll be fine.
"It is definitely one point gained. We look forward to the next game now and if we can make that seven then it's a progression and hopefully we'll finish top of the group."
Ukraine outplayed their opponents for large parts of Tuesday night's game and asked if England had 'got out of jail', Jagielka said: "Yes, a little bit.
"But if you look at the chances we created, two or three pretty clear-cut ones in the first half and a couple more in the second - hitting the post and stuff - as much as the performance wasn't amazing, we still showed glimpses of being able to create the chances.
"If we'd taken them, especially earlier on, we'd have been in control of the game."
Most of those chances fell to Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, who had a nightmare in front of goal on his first England start at Wembley.
Jermain Defoe also saw an effort disallowed, with referee Cuneyt Cakir repeatedly penalising the home side for raising their arms.
"We're winning the ball and the ref's either booking us or giving free-kicks," Jagielka said. "So, it is a little bit frustrating but there's not much we can do about that.
"We've just got to keep going until the final whistle. Being 1-0 down with 10 minutes left, we'd have taken the 1-1.
"Thankfully, we managed to keep plugging away and get the penalty. Frank was calm as you like, finished it off, and a draw's not a bad result at the end."