February 22, 2018

Gordon Strachan felt goal was coming as Scotland beat Slovakia late on

08 October 2017, 01:17 | Marlene Fleming

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Plenty of Scotland fans are in agreement with Chris Sutton's concise verdict of their qualification campaign

Should they defeat Slovenia in Ljubljana on Sunday, the Scots will finish in second place in Group F and win a place in the playoffs for a place in the World Cup next year.

The former Scotland midfielder said: "Every win makes you feel better about yourself, and the performance makes you feel better about yourself".

Scotland recorded a 1-0 win over Slovakia on Thursday night through an own goal from Martin Skrtel. "We're going to forget about Slovenia until this is over".

A late Martin Skrtel own-goal gave the Tartan Army a memorable three points at Hampden Park as they kept their World Cup hopes alive.

Gordon Strachan's side looked to have blown their hopes despite playing against 10 men for 68 minutes after Slovak Robert Mak had been sent off for diving having been booked earlier for a rash challenge on James Forrest. If England beat Slovenia, and Scotland get a positive result against Slovakia, they will be in a good position to qualify.

With the three-in-a-row in 1999 shared by Neil Sullivan and Jonathan Gould, it means Gordon is aiming to be the first Scotland keeper to keep four successive clean sheets in a campaign since Leighton racked up six on the bounce en route to the Euro 96 finals. I genuinely thought we were going to score a goal.

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Slovakia initially steadied the ship well after going down to 10, although they still needed Dubravka to keep out Griffiths' curling attempt as the first half ended level.

"Up to this point it has worked but we know there is a massive job still to do". You need to be patient, we were so unlucky.

"At the end of the day, it was in the area and if Skrtel didn't put it in then Chris would have done so".

"But we showed great character to keep patient and to keep moving the ball about and in the end got our rewards". 'We didn't listen to all the negative things about us not getting to the play-offs.

The Dark Blues started on the front trying to take the game to Slovakia as they had to do.

"Sometimes you can sniff who's really ready to go again and the ones who're ready to go, but their body's maybe not at the maximum".

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