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We Should Have Won: Levein
Published : 29 May 2011 22:06:55Rss feed
Craig Levein was disappointed in the result but not the benefit of working with his players Scotland manager Craig Levein thought his side had done enough during the final game of the Carling Nations Cup to win the game and the tournament. Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Scotland to win the tournament for his team. Giovanni Trapattoni's side won all three of their games without conceding a goal and Keane scored his 49th international goal in the match. Levein said: "(I feel) a tinge of disappointment of course that we didn't win the match because I thought we genuinely deserved to win. In international football you rarely get chances but we had enough to win. I have to look at the bigger picture and in the last year the progress from this team has been fantastic. We spent a week together and the more time you spend together the better, they have played a lot of matches but you saw the effort we put in." Keane believes the confidence boost of winning the Carling Nations Cup could prove vital for the team as they look forward to the EURO2012 qualifiers. He insisted that morale will now be high. He went on: "The most important thing, like in any international game, is to get a win and get the confidence up, all you want to do is come into a camp and get that confidence, two wins in a week will do that." A qualifier away in Macedonia is next up for the Republic on Saturday and full-back Stephen Kelly saw this game and tournament as good preparation. He said: "It is a great week for us, clean sheets all week and great build up for Macedonia, a great boost for the camp. It was nice to get a result and we are delighted to be able to celebrate something like this in our home stadium."