Steve Clarke known as for extra respect from critics after Scotland pulled off a terrific 1-0 victory over Austria to spice up their 2022 World Cup qualification hopes.
After a 2-0 defeat at runaway Group F leaders Denmark and a slender 1-0 win over Moldova at Hampden Park, it was taken as learn that the Scots wanted at the least one level in Vienna to remain within the hunt with their opponents and Israel for a play-off spot.
Because it turned out, striker Lyndon Dykes scored a VAR-awarded penalty within the twenty ninth minute – his second purpose in two video games after his winner in opposition to Moldova on the weekend – to safe three essential factors which took Scotland into second, some extent forward of Israel who misplaced 5-0 in opposition to the Danes and go to Hampden subsequent month.
‘We have got one other cup remaining developing’
“It was no shock to me,” Clarke stated.
“They’re a very good group of gamers who need to achieve success for his or her nation they usually confirmed that tonight. So it was good.
“It simply means it’s one other cup remaining [against Israel]. It’s a must to hold selecting up factors.
“It was an vital night time for us to get one thing from the sport.
“We managed to come back right here and put in a great efficiency, a great footballing efficiency. Once we obtained the ball down we handed it properly.
“We aren’t a protracted ball group as some folks attempt to label us. We are able to play. If we’ve to go lengthy we are able to play and combat for it.
“If we’ve to make the passes we make the passes. We deserve slightly bit extra respect.”
‘It was a tough week’
Clarke’s squad was decimated by accidents and coronavirus points for the journey to Denmark final week and he believes Israel’s thrashing in Copenhagen places his aspect’s defeat in opposition to the Euro 2020 semi-finalists into perspective.
The previous West Brom and Kilmarnock boss stated: “We had essentially the most tough week, actually tough.
“We went to Denmark which is a tricky place to go to start out with, we had a number of accidents and issues.
“We went down 2-0 early within the sport, we dug in and obtained criticised for that truly. Israel went there tonight and misplaced 5-0.
“Then on the again of that we knew we needed to get one thing out of the subsequent two video games and we’ve come away with six factors.
“If I had stated to you that we’d have come away with six factors you’ll have all been delighted, so it was a lovely night time for us, I’m actually happy for the gamers.”
What the gamers stated…
Scotland striker Lyndon Dykes to Sky Sports activities: “We got here right here to win and we did that.
“With every sport this week we obtained stronger and stronger – exhibiting the togetherness that we’ve. We work exhausting for one another and the defending begins from the entrance.
“It wasn’t my finest penalty but it surely went the place I used to be aiming for and it went in.”
Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon to Sky Sports activities: “We defended the field so properly once we needed to. The one which got here via I managed to maintain out.
“From my viewpoint it was a quiet night and I’ve obtained to offer credit score to the fellows in entrance of me who have been excellent all night time.
“We stored a clear sheet, that’ll be so vital going ahead. There wasn’t a person that allow the group down and that is precisely what we’d like.”
‘An excellent defensive efficiency from Scotland’
Former Scotland striker James McFadden:
“I assumed it was a very sturdy efficiency defensively. I assumed the strikers labored a bit higher too, and we deserved to win the sport.
“For me, there isn’t a debate over the penalty kick. It is a penalty and Lyndon Dykes scored.
“What an evening. There was enormous stress on this sport and the gamers would have felt it, particularly in opposition to a group wounded by a giant defeat on the weekend and a group anticipated to win, and Austria began the sport so properly.
“They put Scotland beneath a number of stress, they usually managed to take that stress, soak up it and use it to fireplace us ahead.
“Defensively it was an excellent efficiency.”
Scotland are again in World Cup qualifying motion subsequent month after they host Israel on October 9, stay on Sky Sports activities; kick-off 5pm.
In addition they face a visit to the Faroe Islands on October 12, additionally on Sky Sports activities; kick-off 7.45pm.