Fabio: My 'lucky' players felt Wembley pressure
Published 23:04 06/09/11 By John Cross
Fabio Capello admitted England got "lucky" after claiming the Wembley fear factor put too much pressure on his players.
Ashley Young fired England to their first win in five games at Wembley and put Capello to within a point of reaching next summer's Euro 2012 finals.
But Capello confessed England were fortunate after Wales striker Robert Earnshaw missed a late sitter and some home fans even booed the players off at the end.
Capello said: "We were lucky. We suffered a lot. We didn't play good passes, never pressed the ball. We played sometimes on the counter-attack, but without speed. We started with a lot of no good passes, no movement of the ball.
"I think, probably, here we lose confidence. Some players that can usually dribble go straight at goal. We had no movement. We missed this. But I'm happy with the result and, sometimes, it is the most important thing.
"It's about confidence but also the opponents. When they play at Wembley they want to play with more courage and aggression. They put more pressure on.
"When we played in the World Cup qualifiers we never had problems at home. But today, probably, it the pressure for the result - the other team played without problems, no problem with the result.
"It's different. You can do something with a free mind. You can play well without pressure, always. The pressure of (having to get) a result."
Capello admitted his players will have to improve dramatically to do well at next summer's Championships if they gain the point they need in Montenegro next month to guarantee qualification.
But Capello praised Manchester United striker Young whose third goal in his last five caps put England in charge of Group G.
Capello added: "A tournament is different. You need to beat the opponents because you move forward (in the competition), but I think the players suffered this evening. They never played the ball fast, never tried to get forward.
"I think we need not to play well just for 20 minutes but for the whole game. We must never lose what we want to do. In every moment of the game.
"I think Montenegro will be a big game, a difficult game, because I spoke with Giovanni Trappatoni who played them for World Cup qualification. It will be a really warm atmosphere.
"Ashley Young is a really good player. He was good when he started to play with me. I've known him for three or four years now.
"He's a really important player for us because the movement, without and with the ball, is technically really good."