We could have won – John Mensah

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JOHN Mensah today claimed Ghana could have produced more despite fellow Sunderland ace Asamoah Gyan earning them a share of the spoils against England.

Gyan’s classy injury-time equaliser handed Ghana a draw in their first ever encounter with England at Wembley last night as he cancelled out ex-Newcastle striker Andy Carroll’s first goal for his country.

In their second game in three days, Ghana were a worthy match for England, with winger Dominic Adiyiah twice denied by stunning saves from Joe Hart during an open first half.

Despite their vibrant display, skipper Mensah insists the Black Stars were below par but was relieved that Gyan’s late strike sent the 20,000 Ghanaian followers inside Wembley home happy.

Mensah told the Echo: “I think we definitely deserved a draw from the game.

“But we could have done more because we are better than that. We didn’t show what we can really do.

“It was still a great result though, because we were a bit down after being behind at the end of the first half.

“But, second half, we came back with a good mentality and a determination to get something from the game.

“It was a great goal from Asa – he struck it well after twisting and turning away from the defender.

“Normally he gets a lot of chances for us, but he took the one when he got it.

“He kept his focus and got the goal which was the most important thing.

“This was an important game with us playing England for the first time.

“The way the team played was really good.

“We showed great team spirit and it was important to put on a good performance in front of so many fans.”

On-loan Lyon defender Mensah, along with Sunderland team-mates Gyan and Sulley Muntari, came through the game unscathed and the trio can now turn their attentions to Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.

Centre-half Mensah will make the trip to Eastlands after his red card in Sunderland’s last encounter with Liverpool was overturned by the FA.

“I’m really happy I’m able to play on Saturday,” added the 28-year-old.

“I just hope we can get the same result as last night!”