Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

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

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Damon Campbell | 07 October, 2017, 00:41

After hitting the woodwork twice and seeing Slovakia keeper Martin Dubravka make a number of superb saves, Scotland netted the victor with two minutes left to secure a 1-0 win.

"We were so unlucky all game, but it doesn't matter how you get there as long as you get there in the end".

Scotland began to make the extra man count and with sub Chris Martin on for Jame sForrest they came ever so close to a goal on 69 minutes when Martin rattled the bar from the edge of the area.

Scotland were given a helping hand themselves though shortly before half-time when Slovakia's centre-piece Robert Mak, at the heart of everything the second-placed group F side were doing going forward, was sent off for diving.

"So there was a lot going on that we can be pleased about. The manager said earlier in the week that it might not be the first minute or the 45th but maybe the last minute that we need to get a goal so he's proven right and the fitness level of the lads was different class". "I'm going to enjoy this for about an hour and a half".

"A great performance", said Fletcher.

'I have got to say that was some performance.

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Not much of a goal to celebrate, but that would not have mattered one bit as Scotland's World Cup dream was dead and buried at this stage a year ago, but now they are one win away from the playoffs. I'm so happy for everyone but we go to Slovenia now.

They know they must now carry that feeling into the weekend and that bid to claim the victory that will take them into the play-offs for a place at the finals in Russian Federation next year. "I think that's the way we've looked at it - forget the Slovenia game until this is over".

"But it means just as much to the rest of the boys as it does to me and it means just as much to the whole country".

And so to the final round of qualifying in Europe, where there is either everything to play for, or nothing.

"That was the way you want to win a game", the Derby County striker told Sky Sports.

"I wasn't too bad to be honest with you".

"When you see guys are ready to go on and play, and don't let the disappointment take over, it is easy for you".

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