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Strachan praises beaten Scots

07 Sep 2013 09:16:53

Strachan praises beaten Scots

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan admits he felt sorry for his players after they ended their World Cup qualifier against Belgium empty-handed.

Goals in either half from Steven Defour and Kevin Mirallas saw the Red Devils claim a 2-0 victory at Hampden.

Strachan felt several of his own players excelled on the night, despite the defeat, but concedes the Scots were simply up against a far superior side.

He said: "If you get six really terrific performances from individuals, you would think that would be enough to get you something from the game.

"And I thought I got six terrific performances. I got 14 performances from the heart, which is fine, I don't have a problem with that.

"I got as much as I think I could have got. There were points where we stumbled a few times and slipped a few times and gave the ball away in areas that cost us a couple of times.

"But I do feel a bit sorry for them for putting so much work into that against probably one of the best international teams in the world just now."

The win allowed Belgium to increase their lead at the top of Group A to five points, while Scotland's own hopes of qualification for Brazil next summer are long gone.

Strachan added: "The physicality of them is just incredible, which made it harder for our players. It was like a flyweight versus a heavyweight.

"It's very hard to keep taking these knocks and shoves but they kept at it.


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