McLeish appears to be like long run after Scotland snap dropping run

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11 Sep 2018, 04:07 IST
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Scotland coach Alex McLeish speaks with Charlie Mulgrew.

Scotland coach Alex McLeish says he by no means panicked over a poor sequence of outcomes that got here to an finish towards Albania within the Nations League.

Steven Naismith starred in a 2-Zero victory at a sodden Hampden Park on Monday to assist snap a run of three successive defeats.

Demand for enchancment had risen after the most up-to-date of these losses, a 4-Zero thumping by the hands of Belgium final week, left McLeish with one win in 5 since returning to the job in February.

However with expertise gained from “powerful video games” towards Peru and Mexico earlier this yr and a assured begin to the Nations League, the previous Rangers supervisor is assured Scotland are heading in the right direction.

“It is about constructing a crew right here. It is not papering over cracks,” McLeish advised Sky Sports activities.

“It is about constructing and so they’ve had the toughest checks potential.

“There are gamers who’ve are available in that may have thought they’d by no means get a Scotland cap and excelled.

“I advised the gamers earlier than the sport I trusted them to enhance on the errors of the Belgium recreation and so they had been wonderful.

“We had been below stress, all people mentioned we should win, and we did win. In order that’s nice.”

Naismith was instrumental to taking Scotland prime of Group 1 in League C, forcing Albania defender Berat Djimsiti into scoring an personal objective for the opener and later heading within the second.

The 31-year-old, who was solely known as up as an harm alternative, sees a constructive future for a crew that got here in for loads of criticism within the wake of the Belgium loss.

“I feel some individuals had been carried away with Friday,” Naismith mentioned. “We had been enjoying towards top-of-the-line sides on this planet and we received a lesson.

“Tonight was the enterprise finish and I feel lots of credit score ought to go to the youthful boys for displaying character.

“Loads of the boys have not been collectively that lengthy and it is a younger squad, so there are going to be a couple of teething issues.

“However general we’re pleased with the path we’re transferring in. We have to proceed it now.”

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