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Monday, November 15, 1999 Published at 08:22 GMT


Brown: Key decisions went against us

Keegan's joy as Brown (left) is left thinking what may have been

Scotland manager, Craig Brown, blamed his side's defeat against England on a number of "key decisions".

Brown said: "I thought we had two very good claims in their penalty area and I would be very interested to see them again."

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Brown admitted that his side had possibly had the better chances in the opening half, despite moving into the break 2-0 down.

"We did have the better chances before England scored," he said.

"At half-time we were 2-0 down and I think that was a bit harsh.

"We can still go to Wembley with hope. We've always scored away from home when we need to and we can do it in London.


[ image: Sad Scots fans hope that Wednesday will be a different story]
Sad Scots fans hope that Wednesday will be a different story
"Sloppy defending cost us the goals, but Paul Scholes' timing was excellent

"But if Kevin Gallacher's shot hadn't been saved by Seaman, it could have been 1-1 and a different game"

England coach, Kevin Keegan, was understandably delighted with the result, saying: "We've started, under my reign, to play the way I want to play. I couldn't have asked for more.


The Scotland coach Craig Brown: "It's 2-0 but it's only half time"
"We've come here and created five or six chances and scored two goals," he said. "It was a good performance.

"At 2-0, we said 'the next goal is crucial' and we had a chance just before half-time. But I'll settle for 2-0, we played fantastic today.

"Sol Campbell, Tony Adams, Martin Keown all played well. And when I look through the team everyone contributed and that's not really happened for me yet.

"Before the game I told the boys, 'we may have only 6,000 supporters, but when the whistle blows its 11 against 11'.

"Fortunately we have Paul (Scholes). He's got everything. He's a quiet lad, but he's one of those who believes that actions speak louder than words."





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