Strachan credits ´footballing gods´ for late Scotland victory

Rosalie Stanley
October 7, 2017

"I'm sure I'll dream about it between now and then, but everyone has contributed and I'm not going to try and claim the credit for what has been done here".

Strachan's substitutes Martin and Anya had a decisive impact but the Scotland manager was happy to hand over credit for his side's vital win to divine intervention.

'I genuinely thought we were going to score a goal, ' said a surprisingly calm Strachan.

Scotland was earlier handed a huge boost after only 23 minutes when Slovakia's Robert Mak was sent off, receiving a second yellow card for diving. That was some performance.

"I think that was probably the key - we kept believing".

The visitors were being given plenty of chances to break forward as the match went on, though, with Stanislav Lobotka and Jan Gregus testing Craig Gordon for the first time just short of the hour.

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Everyone has to stand up and be counted. "It's down to us at the end of the day". "Of course we have to improve in winning games". They are fearless , put their bodies on the line. "I am so impressed with the way they are handling things".

Martin's introduction helped lift Scotland in the closing stages and he and Leigh Griffiths had both rattled the crossbar before that victor that he always felt was coming, went in. He was magnificent - and the crossbar was good as well.

"When you see your dad go off with blood, you might be anxious". The British have six victories and two draws. It says a lot about their fitness because you have to have that fitness to have mental strength.

On a night where England confirmed top spot in Group F, Scotland moved up to second place in the table - and Gordon Strachan's side know a victory in Slovenia on Sunday will guarantee a spot in November's play-offs.

Skrtel put in a near-perfect performance until his late own goal, but it was Dubravka who thwarted Scotland time and time again.

"That was the way you want to win a game", the Derby County striker told Sky Sports. Like literally anything. I'll be honest, I've got nearly no opinion on Lithuania v England, beyond vaguely wondering why anybody would choose to watch that over the hugely significant games happening elsewhere.

"There was no doubt that their man of the match was their goalkeeper - and the crossbar as well - and the footballing gods have made a decision to give us the victory", a relieved Strachan told Sky. "I was delighted to see it creep into the net".

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