World Cup agony leaves Scots hurting

World Cup agony leaves Scots hurting

Leigh Griffiths shot Scotland into a first-half lead but the visitors endured a wretched period after the interval as substitute Roman Bezjak scored twice. Consequently, the Scots failed to secure a play-off place and their nineteen-year wait for an appearance at a major tournament continues.

"I'm the last person to be thinking about right now", he said. "But these are the games that make you want to play football. All credit to Slovenia - they played well and passed the ball well".

"The last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain, so that means we had to pick a team tonight to try and combat the height and strength".

'The fans can't hurt like that, I can't hurt.

'Me? It's not a problem.

It was an agonising night for a Scotland side that had done so well to get themselves back in contention to reach the World Cup finals in Russian Federation next year in the games leading up to tonight.

Strachan admitted: 'At this moment it's a big disappointment, but my disappointment is nothing compared to the players.

"Was there fatigue? I think there was fatigue throughout the team".

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"Genetically we are behind", Strachan said.

Darren Fletcher then somehow skied an effort over with just over 10 minutes to go, but they did find an equaliser through Snodgrass, who chested the ball down before looping it over the onrushing Oblak. "We can't change genetics".

"Don't know if we can get big women and men together, and see what we can do."
We seem to be able to battle it and get through just with sheer determination and skill and work-rate.

"We put so much into Thursday night, forcing it, pushing it for the full 90 minutes - and we did look exhausted". But they can also feel really pleased with themselves'.

Strachan said: "Over the 90 minutes and the previous year, it's been an honour to work with these guys".

"I've been fortunate to have been successful in my own career and get to places. This group of players is as good as any I've worked with".

'This group do it for nothing.

"They left nothing in the dressing room, over the last two games especially. We've been beaten on goal difference by Slovakia, who are excellent".

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