Scotland, Slovenia set up dramatic finale with home wins

Lawrence Cooper
September 6, 2017

Brown, already on a yellow card, spent the 2-0 win over Malta at Hampden last night desperately trying to avoid the booking that would have ruled him out of the Scots' massive World Cup qualifying Group F clash against Slovakia at Hampden on October 5.

Christophe Berra set them on their way in the ninth minute when he rose to head home a corner from Griffiths. That's our fault. We didn't get the points that we would like to, but now we have a bit of momentum going and want to try to pick these points up again. "It was about the team, not about one person or bookings or anything like that".

Scotland needed a stack of goals as well as the win to have any real chance of grabbing at least a play-off place and failed to get them. It wasn't something a lot of us saw coming not so long ago as Gordon Strachan's team made a awful meal of facing Lithuania in Glasgow and then staggered past Slovenia thanks to that late Chris Martin goal.

And Brown, who was thankful for the Three Lions getting a positive result at Wembley, has called on the Scottish supporters to get behind the team in their final two qualifiers. We knew we had to win our game and then just hope they gave us a helping hand.

"What has changed in the last few games is the way we press teams, which is down to the fitness of the lads".

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TheBahrain-Merida rider finally made his move with 13km to go and opened up a 20-second gap with Froome's group but could not sustain the pressure and was soon caught.

"That's not bad going and no goals against, but we'd like to finish better".

"They have top players and beat us comfortably over there but I think it is maybe a different Scotland now".

"I think we already know how hard it is going to be to break Malta down". In the selection for the World Cup, the Maltese did not score points, losing all 7 matches with a total score of 2-13, and close the table of group F. Away the Maltese played three matches and lost all with the same score 0: 2.

Former Scotland hero and ex-Celtic boss Strachan roared "bring it on" after watching Scotland win two games on the bounce. I think it's my big nose!

'He was a threat so hopefully he will be fine for the game next week, ' said Strachan. They were just making sure they weren't getting involved.

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