Steve Clarke on why it is so hard to judge the point earned in Israel as he reveals Che Adams disappointment
The Scotland manager admitted on the eve of the game that he was targeting victory in Tel Aviv after last week’s 2-2 draw with Austria. But Scotland again had to be content with a point after Ryan Fraser levelled the scoreline following Dor Peretz’s stunning opener from 25 yards.
The result leaves Scotland third in the group behind Denmark and Austria. Clarke's point that it is too early to draw any conclusions is valid in that there are still eight games to be played, with the Faroe Isles next up at Hampden on Wednesday.
“I can’t look into the future,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s two good points from the first two games or whether we have dropped four points and it’s going to be costly. It is very difficult to tell.
“Everyone talks about Israel, fourth seeds,” he added. “But Israel are a good team. They have proved that against Scotland over our recent run of games. We have played a lot against them. There is never anything in the game. I actually said that when I spoke to the Israel coach after the game, how close the games are.
“So we just have to keep doing what we have to do. We have to keep trying to pick up the points as and when we can. We are unbeaten and I don’t know if two points is good or bad. You are asking me to predict the future. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Clarke praised Che Adams, who made his full debut up front. He teed up Fraser’s goal 11 minutes after half-time and led the line well until being replaced by Lyndon Dykes.
“It’s good for Che to get his start,” said Clarke. “He did well for the goal. He was a little bit disappointed he didn’t get on the scoresheet himself as he had one or two half opportunities to get a shot away and he couldn’t quite do it. I made the change at the end just to try to freshen it up and get fresh legs on the pitch but Che did well.”
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