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Saturday, October 10, 1998 Published at 16:19 GMT 17:19 UK

Sport: Football

Dodds double delights Scots

The perfect start - Billy Dodds scores with his first touch

Scotland 3-2 Estonia

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Super sub Billy Dodds scored the first two goals of his international career as Scotland came from behind to snatch a vital victory in their European Championship Group Nine qualifier at Tynecastle.

Daniel Boettcher reports on England and Scotland's qualifying matches
The Dundee United striker, with two club hat-tricks under his belt this season, was sent on in place of the ineffective Ally McCoist with his team trailing 1-0.

He scored with virtually his first touch of the ball, pressurised the Estonian defence into an own goal and rounded things off by beating goalkeeper Mart Poom again five minutes from time for the winner.

Final whistle match report (BBC Radio 5 Live)
It was tough luck on the visitors, who looked set to inflict an embarassing defeat on Craig Brown's men after capitalising on some woeful Scottish defending.

"I can't tell you what I said at half-time but to paraphrase, I told them it would require the utmost character and commitment to recover," a relieved Brown said afterwards.

Patched-up team

A spate of injuries had forced Brown to make several changes, with Callum Davidson and Allan Johnston making their first starts at senior level and Ian Durrant returning to the side after a five-year absence to add midfield experience.

Scotland had an early scare when Colin Calderwood gave the ball away near the half-way line, but skipper Colin Hendry snuffed out the danger with a firm tackle on Andres Oper.

Davidson and Johnston saw plenty of early ball on the flanks and the home side were only inches away from the opening goal in the 12th minute.

[ image: Sergei Hohlov-Simpson puts Estonia ahead after 35 minutes]
Sergei Hohlov-Simpson puts Estonia ahead after 35 minutes
Johnston's cross was headed down by Ally McCoist and clubmate Durrant put in a brave challenge for a 50-50 ball, only for Poom to deflect it narrowly wide of the post.

Craig Brown's side were disrupted six minutes later when Kevin Gallacher had to come off with a suspected broken arm and Darren Jackson of Celtic took over as McCoist's strike partner.

Poom saved a Hendry header on the line and the home fans were incensed on the half hour when the refreee rejected penalty claims after the ball struck Viktor Alonen's arm.

Estonia go one ahead (BBC Radio 5 Live)
But the crowd was silenced by Sergei Hohlov-Simpson's 35th minute goal after Hendry had conceded a corner after a moment of confusion with goalkeeper Jim Leighton.

The Estonian defender outjumped Davidson and his looping header dropped behind Leighton, who had strayed a couple of feet off his line, with Hendry unable to keep it out of the net.

Inspired substitution

Leighton made vital saves from Marko Kristal and Indrek Zelinski to keep Scotland in the game before Dodds found the roof of the net with a first-time shot in the 70th minute.

[ image: Dodds celebrates after scoring Scotland's winner]
Dodds celebrates after scoring Scotland's winner
But a long ball caught the home defence out of position four minutes later and Sergei Terehhov slid the ball across the box for Maksim Smirnov to put Estonia back in front.

The home fans began to fear the worst but Scotland were quickly back on terms as Hohlov-Simson diverted Simon Donnelly's cross into his own net as Dodds challenged for the ball.

Billy Dodds: "It's fairytale stuff again"
It was backs to the wall for Estonia after Kristal was sent off for a challenge on Davidson, but they did not hold out for long as Dodds took advantage of a defensive slip and although Poom got a hand to his shot, he could not keep it out of the net.

"I don't want to speculate on whether I should be in the starting line-up to face the Faroe Islands. That's up to Craig Brown. It was just nice to get my chance. I'm 29 now and I don't think I have anything to prove to anyone," said Dodds.

Scotland: Leighton, Weir, Boyd, Calderwood, Hendry, Davidson,Gallacher, McKinlay, McCoist, Durrant, Johnston. Subs: Sullivan,Whyte, Elliott, Jackson, Donnelly, Dodds, Glass.

Estonia: Poom, Hohlov-Simson, Kirs, Rooba, Reim, Alonen, Smirnov, Terehhov, Kristal, Oper, Zelinski. Subs: Tohver, Meet, Allas, Anniste, O'Konnel-Bronin, Viikmae.

Referee: Joaquim Marques (Portugal)

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