Berra upbeat after Serbia stalemate

09 September 2012 02:19

Scotland defender Christophe Berra felt there were plenty of positives to take from the World Cup qualifying opener against Serbia despite being held to a goalless home draw.

Scotland created the better chances against the second seeds in Group A but a section of the Hampden crowd booed their team at the final whistle. Berra became a father for the first time on Wednesday and his positive mood was not badly affected by the two dropped points.

"I thought we had the better chances in the game, Greegs (goalkeeper Alan McGregor) only had one save to make towards the end," said the Wolves defender.

"We're disappointed not to get the three points but we'll take a point and take a lot of positives from the game and we're looking forward to Macedonia on Tuesday. I thought from back to front we defended well and were solid. They had a lot of the ball at some points during the game but we frustrated them and had chances on the counter-attack."

Berra accepted that Scotland fans will expect to win home games, which continue with the visit of Macedonia.

But he added: "I think the way we performed against Serbia, who are a top team, when we go over there to play them we won't have any fears. We deserved to win the game, we had the better chances and we were just unlucky the ball didn't fall for us in the box a couple of times.

"If win on Tuesday we walk away with four points and I think that would be pleasing all round."

Manager Craig Levein had several worries over his defence earlier in the week with a total of five full-backs missing. But Huddersfield left-back Paul Dixon stepped in for an impressive debut.

Berra said: "A lot of people might have had doubts but he was top man, a well-deserved man of the match and put in a great performance.

"He defended one-on-ones very well against (Branislav) Ivanovic and going forward he held his own and put some good crosses in. I don't think you could ask for a better debut."

Source: PA