Scotland manager McLeish says side shot themselves in foot in Portugal loss

15 Octobre, 2018, 14:09 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Dor Peretz draws Israel level with a well-taken strike

The visitors only had to wait another two minutes to seize the advantage, however, as they punished Scottish slackness.

Here are three winners and three losers as Scotland fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Portugal.

Bruma then put the game beyond the beleaguered Scots with an emphatic finish from inside the box in the 84th minute before Naismith at least ensured some late cheer for those who had remained to the end as he curled in his 11th goal of the season for club and country after being teed up in the box by substitute Gary Mackay-Steven.

But McLeish, who has introduced several youngsters to global football since being appointed back in February, revealed he had been encouraged by much of Scotland's play.

It wasn't enough to get him a place in Scotland's starting XI last night.

"We had one or two sniffs around the goals without being tremendously unsafe".

"The performance against Israel was unacceptable, but they are capable of much better than that and I thought the Albania game was better than I expected", he said.

Under pressure after two defeats in four days, however, McLeish said: 'There are others examples of managers being under the cosh in recent times. We look for everyone to be on their A game when it comes to those two games'.

McLeish reverted to a back four against the second-string Portugal, who were missing Ronaldo among others.

Just eight months into his second spell as manager McLeish has won just two games - against Hungary and Albania.

"I know every system there is to know". "I've coached teams before with three at the back it's been quite fashionable recently".

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We want to adapt to different formations. For the Albania game it really worked.

"I am not making any decision at this peculiar moment, with two games next month we will have long and hard chats about that". I guess it determines next month, we'll see.

"We will try to get information that will beat the opposition and play with a lot more urgency against Albania".

The manager was in desperate need of some form of boost from last night's friendly after coming under fire in the wake of Thursday's abject UEFA Nations League defeat by Israel.

The difference between playing for Kilmarnock week-in-week-out and facing a player with the quality of Bruma looked apparent and, in all honesty, O'Donnell was way out of his depth. Oli McBurnie lost possession in the lead-up to the opening goal as did Jack Hendry for the third.

"There are young players there, a lot of them are learning the trade, some of them have come in during the summer when we had to make new recruits", he said.

"We shoot ourselves in the foot against the two top teams, Belgium and Portugal, with the basic errors that we made". "That's the disappointing aspect of it". You expect the top teams to cut through you with the some majestic skill and leave you trailing but we were the perpetrators of our own mistakes.

'But we knew we were up against top-class players. I know there was a lot of Portugal players rested but there was still a lot of money on the pitch'.

McLeish will now begin considering those names to include in one the most important squads he will have assembled in his entire managerial career.

Naismith's curler with virtually the last kick of the contest was little consolation for Scotland.



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