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Scotland v Macedonia

Rob Maclean, Pat Nevin and Craig Gordon present highlights of tonight's match as Scotland take on Macedonia in their quest to qualify for the World Cup.


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A goal for Scotland. Hampden goes wild!

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Andy Murray has won the title, oh my goodness, he's done it the hard

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way! Scotland against Serbia gave us the

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win we wanted but only at the second attempt. It was Andy Murray

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in New York last night rather than the national football team at

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Hampden on Saturday. That goalless draw at the weekend meant that

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tonight's home game against Macedonia, 50 places below Scotland

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in the world rankings, carried even greater significance for our

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qualification chances. We have highlights from Hampden now.

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Tonight Hampden Park is a pressure cooker. Scotland can ill afford to

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put a foot wrong against Macedonia after Saturday's draw with their

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Balkan neighbours. Craig Levein is an unflappable sort but he will be

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feeling hot under the clol ar tonight.

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Twice they have faced Macedonia, one defeat. A win here a win later,

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a result that kept hopes of qualifying alive in South Africa.

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Another huge night at Scotland's National Stadium.

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Craig Levein makes three alterations to his team from the

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one that drew with Serbia. Adams, Snodgrass and Naismith

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Adams Snodgrass and Naismith are benched. That is where Jordan

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Rhodes starts as well. The referee Scotland have to be aware of that

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attempts. Consequence of more dropped points is unthinkable for

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reckon 32,000 will be inside the stadium tonight.

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Puts the Scottish defence under in that kind of area. It slipped

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there. MacGregor delight today see that

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shot go past, it is a corner though though.

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opening minutes of the game. Pandev has something to say to the

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again, Mackie gets a good pick out. Good precision passes.

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Scotland. I don't Mackie or Dixon do

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themselves any favour. Mackie turns his back there, that allows

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A dagger into Scottish hearts and been slack from the start.

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Scotland attack to penetrate a Ibraimi just gets a touch. You can

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see the strike not far away at all. I am not sure if James Forrest has

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fans booing at this display. I am scared, and fearful of what is

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happening, because Caldwell is to reach him.

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A great pass from Mackie and Forest the Scotland goalkeeper who is

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having to be the hero just now. It is all happening in and around the

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Scottish box. Another huge let-off.

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Not good defending. MacGregor to the rescue.

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The corner kicks weren't of the highest standard here on Saturday

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from Scotland. Maloney takes and it is headed wide by Andy Webster.

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Pace is on the ball but he's on his good area.

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As good as you are going to get. Maloney does really well. Gets here

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this task. But I just think it's on a left-

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footed side. He's got good reverse on it, goalkeeper punch it had away

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Brilliant from Forest, being positive, committing players, hangs

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up a lovely cross. Didn't see Kenny Miller. It is Maloney getting in

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there, Mackie getting in there. We need more players, strikers hitting

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1-1. He had been much maligned in the

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build up to this one. Kenny miller steps up to the plate to rescue his

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manager and Scotland are back in Good play, nice quick passing,

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Morrison, great run, never offside. A huge shot in the arm for us.

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say the least! Kenny Miller, 17th international goal. People had

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He hasn't had the best first half half-time and it has been nervy,

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it's been tense and the boos still ring out from the Tartan Army. They

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saw their side go one down, cancelled out by Kenny Miller. The

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qualifiers don't end for 13 months but Scotland, were teetering on the

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brink. Macedonia, ranked 97 in the in the world.

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Macedonia were one up in the game and threatening to win their third

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away World Cup qualifier. They may still do that tonight. Craig Levein

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and Scotland hope it goes the other of the first half.

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They need to be out of the traps their most dangerous when the ball

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was on the ground. They were fighting it through the Serbian

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defence. Tonight the goal came from It was a good strike, but look at

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the area. High up the pitch, inside their half. Reading the play,

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Just look how slickly they do it. Pandev instrumental. MacGregor

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comes out. He's had two excellent Hasani.

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Scotland under the cosh again. A Here comes the change for the Scots.

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Kenny Miller has lasted less than an hour, but he has had the big

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impact for Scotland in the match so far. Rescuing Craig Levein's side,

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with his goal just before half-time, 17th for his country. He will be

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replaced by Charlie Adam and Jamie Mackie will go up-front.

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Adam into midfield. He's done his at last. That change will be made

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and it will be James Morrison who is sacrificed. Hasn't been at his

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best. Much better than he's shown and there will be a roar for onDan

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Rhodes. -- Jordan Rhodes. What pressure on the 22-year-old. Just

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his fourth cap. He's only started once. He scored when he started.

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Much is expected of Jordan Rhodes. And he will know that.

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He's come on with 25 minutes to go. through. I am not sure a team-mate

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There is a 4-4-2 now. They have to be careful. They are

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dangerous on the counter. But more options upfront for us now.

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No, it's the side net. He almost inches, that is all it is. A

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tries to get through Alan MacGregor but a vital stop again. He's been

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Pandev, intelligent once again. for Scotland to be replaced by

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Naismith. He's done a power of work, Jamie Mackie. Teed up the Kenny

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Miller equaliser. Scotland need fresh legs for the last throw of

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the of the dies. free-kick to Macedonia and everyone

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can calm down again. It's getting to that stage, ten

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minutes to go, that is a decent another chance for Scotland, but it

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the big screens here and it was met by a resounding boo from the

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Scotland supporters. Craig Levein will be a man under severe pressure

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A minute-and-a-half to go. easiest game of the group. It's 1-1.

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A draw with Serbia here at the weekend, immediately meant Scotland

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had to somewhere retrieve the points. They are going to have to

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retrieve points from two games at home, because time is up.

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Alan MacGregor will release this and it will be full-time. That is

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the final whistle. Just how damaging is this going to be for

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not just Scotland but for Craig Levein.

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Can he survive this one? Macedonia ranked 97th in the world,

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the bottom creedss in this group have come to Hampden and taken a

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point, that off the back with a draw with Serbia at the weekend.

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Scotland have two points in their opening two games and that is two

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home games gone now. Just how much pressure will Craig

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Levein be under. Frustration for Shaun Maloney and the rest of the

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players. You can't fault them for effort. But mass donia, like Serbia,

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well worth their point and it could have been worse. The qualification

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campaign doesn't end for another 13 months. At least the fixtures run

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out then. Is it over already for Scotland. We will find that out in

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the course of the coming months. They go to Wales and Belgium next

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month. It looks like they will have month. It looks like they will have

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to win at least one of those. 32,000 watch thaing tonight and

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after Chris McLaughlin to spoke to the manager Craig Levein. How

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disappointed are you after that? course I am disappointed. It is a

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game we had hoped to win. What tonight's game showed certainly

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there's no teams in this group can be underestimated. I think

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Macedonia played well. Disappointed, we are angry about the way we have

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performed tonight. No other words to say. It is a poor start, no

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doubt about it. Saturday, after the game Saturday, I felt we did play

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well enough, but we have watched the game back and we had more

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chances, more ball in dangerous areas, but tonight we were off the

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pace. It's taken us to go a goal down, we never started the game

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well. It took that to give aus shake. I think we kicked on towards

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the end of the first half but never really got going. We had a couple

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of half chances in the second half but not enough to go and win a game.

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We didn't start very well in the first 25 minutes. Going into the

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lead, I have heard it is off side, but it's not great, but I thought

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15 minutes before half-time we started coming into it, and

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Do you think this leaves Scotland in trouble so early on in the

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campaign? No, not at all. I look at the league, we are two points off

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the top. I did say as soon as the draw was made, the teams will take

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points off each other and I couldn't say where we are going to

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get a point, hopefully we would get a point here at Hampden but that

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didn't happen tonight. So the challenge is for us to go to the

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next game and remain hugely positive and take three points

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there. For some reason tonight there was a strange atmosphere at

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the stadium. It wasn't the usual upbeat Hampden tonight. Whether

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that is off the back of a poor result on Saturday, I don't think

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it was a poor result, but it was disappointing, but tonight was just

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more off the pace and we found it hard to get up to our usual tempo

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after a poor start. I am not giving up. Only two games gone, I know for

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a fact the boys won't be giving up. It's up to everybody to get behind

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us again and push on for the next couple of gainls. The fans

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frustrated at the end. How much personal pressure do you feel

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under? The biggest pressure is on myself. I want to do well for the

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country and the supporters more than anybody else. That is the

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pressure I put on myself. I can handle that. I have been doing this

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job for a long time. The important thing is to remain positive,

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letting the players know there is no way we are anywhere near being

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out of this competition. And the challenge now is to raise our

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performance in the next match. Let's hear from Pat and Craig. Do

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those vital stats there, the group placings, do they back up the

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belief of Craig Levein that we are still in this? You could say that.

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If Scotland get every back, everyone playing well, they can be

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a decent team but as soon as you have one or two important players

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hout you miss it. Craig mentioned there is a lack of balance in the

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team. The balance comes down to two players for me. You are asking the

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midfielders, Gary Caldwell and tonight it was Morrison to be the

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centre midfield players. Fletcher and Brown are the centre in the

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core of Scotland's team. If one of them is missing it is bad news and

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if two are missing it is incredibly missing. Get them back and there is

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a chance Scotland can go on a right good run. If there is a lack of

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balance about the team there is not a lot of time to get it right, is

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there? I think we are working on that over the next few weeks, we

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will look back at the games and the preparation as a manager, he will

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be looking at that in depth over the next few weeks and he will have

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it right by the next game. The important thing is in this group

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anybody can win any match. Home or away, against anybody else in the

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group. The seedings and rankings, it doesn't matter, any game is

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winnable. I think he said that before. With the two games coming

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up, if we can pick up points in that it will push us up the table.

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Yes, Scotland are two points off the top of the group after two

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match days, but two really unconvincing performances against

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Serbia and Macedonia which hardly inspire confidence confidence about

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the way ahead. They don't. The Tartan Army, the fans, they are not

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easily conned, they know it's not going to be good enough. What we

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have seen tonight is not good enough to get through to the World

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Cup Finals. It is not convincing at all. Craig is right to say we are

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not out of it yet. It would be ridiculous to say that. Just as

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Craig says, as Craig Levein says, teams are going to take points off

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everybody. Macedonia were better than I thought they would be. Moved

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the ball neatly. They may not win the group themselves, but they will

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take some surprising points off the home team. Teams will take points

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off everyone else, but it would have been nice if we had got four

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points. No surprise they went ahead in the game, because there were

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warning signs ahead of the goal. They started very brightly,

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creating a few chances down the left-hand side. It was a very

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difficult opening for us again, down the left back area.

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Alan Hutton manages to clear the danger. George he is key was doing

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really well. We are outclassed in the first half hour.

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You could say players weren't following. Yes, he is off side, but

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boy, is it close. Now and again you miss them. If you are going to give

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the advantage to the attacker now and again, you can't complain about

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it too much. They have the goal there. They probably deserved it,

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they were that far ahead. We couldn't get a kick of the ball and

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we were talking about in the highlights there, 97 in the FIFA

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rankings, which is a nonsense figure, but it is a bit scary to be

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so out classed by a team that low down the rankings. But for a

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terrific save by Alan MacGregor it could have been 2-0 in the first

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half. He's reacted very quickly to come out and makes a really good

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block. Pandev here, looking at his twisting and turning, he was

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fantastic, perfect ball through, great vision. We don't have anyone

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to do that, and not for the first time and certainly not for the last

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time, MacGregor is Scotland's save your. - saviour. It's very

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difficult to knock off the ball there, great strength and awareness

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to play in a team-mate. He was at it all night long creating most of

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This is early on in the game, every time the ball was played to Pandev,

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he's been told you have to stop them. You understand what the game

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plan was. If you give him a yard, whack, brilliant ball, always gets

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it through. As the game developed after that, he looked like pure

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This was a master class performance from Pandev. It would have been

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great to watch, had it not been against Scotland! We see it time

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and time again, the best passes in the game, it was Pandev making them

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off and making their team tick, every time they got a chance to get

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the ball into him. A great awareness of sways and where he is

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and how to get on the park, even when he has somebody marking him.

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It is the easy things, just a simple ball, but completely opened

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up all the space. He is a top, top international footballer. Whatever

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you do, you want to get players marking him, but that is easier

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said than done. He's got great vision and skill. He was fantastic

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tonight, the best player in the pack by a country mile. Do we have

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an overinflated opinion of our own players based on what we have seen

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against Serbia and Macedonia? Possibly. I think we are a hard-

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working team and when we do have a few people injured, it does lack a

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little bit of strength. But the quality of players we have brought

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in, we would have expected to have taken more points but we haven't

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done that. There will be chance toss pick up the points in the

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remaining games. We do have to have a realistic opinion of where we are.

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We are a strong hard-working team, but we are not -- we do have decent

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players who are capable of playing at international level. Just as

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there were signs of Macedonia taking the lead, they were

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indications Scotland were beginning ago pass to the ball but when he

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did get the ball at the end of the first half, he looked lively and

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sharp. I don't think there's much of a ball here, he's tried his best

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to find somebody, but it was down that right-hand side he began to

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look sharper. This is a really neat bit of playing that leads up to the

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goal. Mackie takes the chance and good vision that he makes sure he

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does the right thing. Nobody dislikes Kenny Miller, everyone

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wants him to do well. Delighted for Kenny there. He would have been

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looking to score tonight. He got criticism from a few people and I

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know Kenny very well, he always takes the responsibility of playing

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up there by himself and delighted to see him getting a goal. That is

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the signs of experience, not getting too excited about the goal-

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scoring chance, holding off the half yard and making sure he was

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on-side. Maybe there was an argument does he hold the ball up

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enough. It's not right for Kenny. He's not six foot three. I wouldn't

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blame Kenny Miller, the fact we didn't have good enough position.

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But good strikers, what they keep on doing is keep on getting their

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head down and getting into the right places. He scored a very

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important goal for us. Scotland were better in the second half. But

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Macedonia could still have got themselves in front again. This is

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an amazing passage of play from one end of the pitch to the other.

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Probably the best move in the match. goalkeeper was getting near that. I

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think that is where Scotland got lucky. That was a period of the

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game where we are starting to come into it a little bit, growing in

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confidence a little bit. You see a little bit of tiredness creeping

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into their game. I think in the end we z but thank goodness that ball

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hit the post. You mentioned Berra. The defence have done a reasonable

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job. Alan having to make a couple of saves that we have seen in the

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game, he has done well for us and was probably the most important

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player back there tonight. Rhodes was given 25 minutes to shine this

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time. Suddenly Scotland had a double threat in the penalty box of

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Rhodes and Mackie. Yes, it is not just Rhodes, it is the fact we

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changed the system a bit and the game opened out. Just like the

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weekend, the game opens out and we gain chances and lose chances. He

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gets in front of defenders. He is desperate to get into the areas.

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You know if he is on the pitch and you get the ball in there, him and

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Mackie are going to try and get there. Once again, they are front

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post defenders hate that, because you are getting across them. That

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is desire, that is what the Scotland fans want to see. This is

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the one that is painful to watch because he is so unlucky there. The

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ball just goes slightly too low for him. That could have bounced off

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any part of his body and gone into the goal. Once again, he's come on,

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and very, very unlucky that he doesn't win the game for us.

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says much about the game that Alan MacGregor comes out of it as our

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outstanding performer. Yes, as he did at the weekend. He's produced

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important saves for us. In we lose a second goal, it was important to

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keep the back door shut. Craig Levein is hugely positive in his

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own words about Scotland's chances still after the first two results.

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Do you share his optimism? I am not going to share the optimism is

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getting through because there are very good teams in the group. But

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we are not out of TI looked at the team tonight and didn't know if

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there was enough belief and that is my worry, there wasn't enough

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belief in the team. We need more strength of character in that

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central area. We need Brown and Fletcher. If we get them back there

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is a good chance we could go in a run, but we need them back.

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manager had as his biggest complaint over the two games the

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fact that Scotland didn't move the ball quickly enough, which was

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something you scroled down in her extensive notes during the game.

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That is something he always wants his team to do, to get switches of

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play quickly from one side to the other, to move their defence. They

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managed to get set in their shape very early and didn't move them

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from side to side to open up the gaps. In the last 20 minutes the

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quality of ball coming in was better. We have spoken about the

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likes of Brown and Darren flacher in terms of adding to what there is.

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It is interesting to hear that Levein is hopeful he will appear in

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the next qualifier. Let's hope we we get him back. A lot of people

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will be negative about Craig Levein tomorrow. We have asked him to be

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more positive. A lot of people have asked him to be positive. With 25

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minutes to go we change it had, we gave Jordan Jordan Rhodes 25

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minutes and that is what you wanted. Soes positive is there. If we keep

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that going we have half a chance but we need to get the ball in the

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goal more often. Let's give you some results you might want to know

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 43 seconds

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It is a trip to Wales next for Scotland, you will hear it live on

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FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Scotland v Macedonia

Highlights of this evening's match from Hampden as Scotland continue their quest to qualify for the finals in Brazil in 2014. Craig Levein will be hoping to secure all three points before the away matches against Wales and Belgium next month.

The Macedonia national football team only became a member of FIFA in 1994 and have yet to make it to a World Cup Finals. They played in the same qualifying group as Scotland for the 2010 tournament, winning 1-0 in Skopje before losing 2-0 in Glasgow in the return match. Their star player is Goran Pandev of Napoli, who is also the country's leading goalscorer with 24 goals.

Tonight's opponents recently parted company with former Wales boss John Toshack after only a year in charge - he was replaced by as national team manager by Cedomir Janevski.

Commentary by Liam McLeod and Billy Dodds.

Presented by Rob Maclean with Pat Nevin and Craig Gordon.


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