Not Good Enough Just Yet

07 September 2013 11:44
Scotland needs some more skills to add to the heart displayed on the pitch

Despite suffering a 2-0 reverse at home, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan did not think his players could have done much more last night at a rain soaked Hampden. Steven Defour and Kevin Mirallas scored the goals Marc Wilmots' side that took them to within a point of qualifying for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil. Strachan did not think the national side were disgraced by the star-studded visitors.

James Forrest goes down in the boc as Axel Witsel challenges (c) Colin Lunn |

He said: "It was a crying shame they scored the second goal because we put so much into it. There were five, six, seven players who I couldn't have asked any more of. We came back, but they're the best team we've played since I've been the manager. They were magnificent. It's not easy, it was like a heavyweight boxer fighting a flyweight. They kept coming back for more punches and it's not easy."With Scotland trying to build for the future, meeting a side that appears to be benefiting from the same process that started a number of years earlier, Strachan was asked what he felt was the difference between the sides, he said: "Speed, height, strength. That's the thing that they've got which we've not got. Their heart is not as big as ours though. Their work rate is not as good as ours. When you come against world-class players, you have a real problem. We might have passed the ball better at times, but sometimes that's football."

Source: ScottishFitba