The England manager admitted his relief after Adam Lallana’s long-awaited first international goal defeated a Slovakia side, who had been reduced to 10-men here when former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was sent-off shortly before the hour.
England struggled to improve upon their turgid performances at Euro 2016 until Lallana rescued them at the last to leave Allardyce rubbing the penny given to him by a wheelchair-bound fan on the morning of the game in his post-match press conference.
“A father and a son in a wheelchair came to the hotel this morning and asked if it was okay to have a picture with his son,” said the England manager.
“When we finished he said: ‘Let me give you a lucky coin’. Here it is. I had it with me in my pocket, we won, so it’ll stay with me.