Croatia V Scotland: Scots team win back pride

Robert Snodgrass gets a foot to the ball just ahead of Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa to give Scotland a precious goal ' and a rare win. Picture: SNS

Robert Snodgrass gets a foot to the ball just ahead of Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa to give Scotland a precious goal ' and a rare win. Picture: SNS

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SCOTLAND manager Gordon Strachan masterminded a famous victory over Croatia last night – then admitted his side could still do better.

Robert Snodgrass grabbed the only goal of the game to clinch a first win of the World Cup qualifying campaign for a side who were rooted to the bottom of the section. The Scots had headed into the clash in Zagreb already out of the race for Brazil in 2014 and favoured by very few to return with any sort of positive result from 
playing the top seeds.

However, the players delivered a famous win and one that Strachan hopes he can build on for the future. “It’s a great 
result and we must enjoy the result. But when I look at it from a coach’s point of view, there are one or two things you would like to brush up on, that’s for sure.

“This is something that makes us happy for a while and makes us feel good about ourselves.

“I think sometimes we do take it badly. I remember James McArthur and Robert Snodgrass taking it badly after the Wales game. Now they can feel good about themselves and hopefully in the next game there is a spring in their step.”

Asked if the 1-0 victory has given the nation some pride back, Strachan said: “I would think so, I would hope so. You play for your country for pride. It’s not for money, it’s not for anything else. And you give people pride.”

On the result itself, he added: “It’s satisfying. The lads played from their hearts. They played as a group, 24 of them trained as a group, which made this possible. So we thank them for that.

“It was 90 per cent that we weren’t going to win. We would like to think that the work that they put in helped.”

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