Strachan praises Scotland’s second-half performance in draw

first_img“I don’t see the lucky bit, I thought it was the other way about,” he said. “We were unlucky. “We had a lot of chances so it was happening before the goal but it just so happened that we took the chance later on. It wasn’t as good a chance as some we’ve had. “You had the ball just sliding past the post, a guy heading the ball of the line at the end, maybe being a penalty so there were a few things that might be unlucky. “If you want to take that out of it, that’s fine. “You might put it down to just not finishing well so I’ll rephrase it and say we weren’t lucky, we just didn’t finish our chances.” Gordon Strachan has said that he was impressed with Scotland’s second-half display as the national team drew 1-1 with Lithuania in their World Cup qualifying match.James McArthur’s late goal earned Scotland a point after they had fallen behind to Fedor Cernych’s 59th minute goal.Strachan said he was pleased with how the players had responded to the shock of going behind and said their performance after the break was their best of recent times.“The first half, I felt it was like an English Championship game where the ball got smacked from one end to the other and it was basically a game of knock-ons,” he said. “It’s very hard to play when the ball is in the air a lot. “You need to be really brave and really on top of your form to deal with that type of football. Second half, we played well. “We did really well, the best we’ve played for a long time. It was far better than the friendlies we had, that’s for sure, and we made more chances than we did in Malta. “To drag themselves back after the body blow of the Lithuania goal was terrific. We congratulate the lads on that and for going for it. It might be a good point, in the end.”The manager rejected any suggestion that his side were lucky to have taken something with a late goal, insisting that they had made enough chances to have deserved more but could only reflect on not taking some of the opportunities that came their way.last_img

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