Sam Allardyce had a last-gasp strike from Adam Lallana to thank as he got his reign as England manager off to a winning start tonight against Slovakia.
And, although he admitted after the game that he had been a little worried as the clock moved towards 94 minutes with the score stuck at 0-0, the new Three Lions boss also revealed he had a lucky charm with him during the game as he sought to secure victory.
Speaking to reporters after the 1-0 victory, the former Sunderland and West Ham manager said he planned to keep it with him for future games after tonight's result.
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"A father of a son in a wheelchair came to the hotel this morning and asked if it was okay to have a picture with his son," Allardyce said, via The Mirror.
"When we finished he said: 'Let me given you a lucky coin.' Here it is. I had it with me in my pocket, we won, so it'll stay with me."
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The lucky coin certainly appeared to work its magic as Lallana, previously without a goal for his country, showed great composure to slot home from inside the penalty area in the fifth minute of injury time against a 10-man Slovakia.
"“It was a huge relief for me, I'll tell you that now. You've got to beat 10 men when it comes around," Allardyce continued.I think
"I think that, finally in the end, we got the ball in the back of the net which was richly deserved based on us dominating the game."
Despite dominating possession, England looked destined for a draw that, inevitably, would have put pressure on Allardyce just one game into his tenure.
In the end, though, while the performance may lead to some criticism, England were able to start their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign off with three points.
“It was pretty nerve-racking at the end because the 10 men scenario meant we must win.
"We got what we deserved in the end and won in the last minute. We have dominated the game and got a very important win."
Allardyce will be hoping that, with the help of his new lucky charm, there will be a lot more wins to come during his time in charge of the national team.
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