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Craig Gordon warns Scotland: We'll have to play better in Slovenia

08 October, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Martin Skrtel of Slovakia and James Morrison of Scotland are seen during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and Slovakia at Hampden Park

England, which hasn't missed a World Cup since 1994, could still be joined in Russian Federation next year by neighbor Scotland.

In Group F last night, England left it late to scrape a 1-0 victory over Slovenia after a Harry Kane strike saved Gareth Southgate's blushes on a rather bland night at Wembley. That was some performance, I know there was 10 men there and it shook us for a bit, but that's because you do all your homework to face 11.

For those unaware, should the Scots fail to win away to Slovenia in the 5pm kick-off on Sunday, and Ireland managed to defeat Moldova and Wales, we would be safe and sound in the playoffs at their expense.

Slovenia can only move up to second with a win if Slovakia slip up at home. On nine minutes the Scots should have had a penalty. We're in a good place at the minute.

Slovakia head coach Jan Kozak has claimed his side were subjected to underhand tactics during their unsuccessful trip to Scotland.

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Then came the sending off which changed the dynamic.

On 35 minutes it was almost a Scotland breakaway which opened the scoring.

"It was imperative. They have to go to a World Cup".

"The gaffer came over to me because he needed everyone 100% fit", he said.

Two minutes later a swerving 25 yarder from Griffiths was well pushed away by Dubravka.

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"The man of the match for them was the keeper [Martin Dubravka] - he was magnificent".

Nicholas is pleased to see that Griffiths, who is a key player for Brendan Rodgers, and is in good form this season, is scoring important goals for his clubs and country, and predicts him to score the first goal of the match.

Martin drew a foul from Martin Skrtel 25 yards.

The Tartan Army's two wins over bottom side Malta make no difference to their ranking.

Striker Chris Martin says there is growing belief within the Scotland squad as they prepare for Sunday's World Cup qualifying group finale, buoyed by a late win against Slovakia.

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Sub Ikechi Anya found space on the right, his low ball to the near post was aimed for Martin who slid in alongside Skrtel, the Slovakian defender got to the ball first but turned it in at the front post to cue bedlam inside Hampden.

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