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Burley cheered by Scots victory

Scotland manager George Burley
Burley got his first Scotland win in Reykjavik

Scotland manager George Burley was delighted to pick up his first win after a nervous night in Iceland.

"It's about winning games and we worked hard for the victory," he told BBC Sport after the 2-1 success.

"I thought we were fairly comfortable at 2-0 but you have to play for the full 90 minutes and going down to 10 men made it more difficult.

"Now we have a home game with Norway, which we're looking forward to, and we will be focused on three more points."

Scotland survived a shaky start to establish a healthy lead through goals from Kirk Broadfoot and James McFadden.

However, Stephen McManus was sent off for a deliberate handball and Eidur Gudjohnsen scored from the penalty spot to set up an anxious finale for the visitors.

Rangers defender Broadfoot enjoyed an eventful international debut, picking up an early booking before heading home from Barry Robson's 19th-minute corner.

He then had to switch from full-back to central defence after the dismissal of skipper McManus.

"It had a bit of everything," he told BBC Sport. "I'm just happy to do myself justice and get the win.

"To get a goal and the win makes it even more special."

Burley, who had described Broadfoot as a "limited player" earlier this week, was quick to praise the scorer of the opening goal.

"He's played a lot of big games for Rangers, so I wasn't concerned about him handling the occasion.

"He showed that he is a great defender and a great competitor.

"All credit to Kirk, he's worked hard at his game and made himself a top class player."

There was some dubiety about the second Scotland goal, which was poked in by McFadden after his penalty kick had been saved.

Robson had been charging in to finish it off and McFadden said: "Robbo is trying to claim it but it is definitely mine.

"It was a poor penalty but we got the goal and won the game.

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"We are in a good position. We have three points from two away games, it's not brilliant but we will take it and take the confidence on to the next game."

It was a much improved performance after Saturday's loss in Macedonia, with the Scots grafting hard in all areas of the pitch.

Scott Brown excelled in a disciplined central midfield role and Burley was impressed by the Celtic star's industry.

"Scotty can play in a number of positions - he has got all the attributes," said the manager.

"He's strong, quick, he can tackle and he's good with the ball."

Gudjohnsen netted on 77 minutes and the 10 men of Scotland had to soak up a great deal of pressure

"I took a step back because there was nothing I could do," explained Burley. "We just had to defend and thankfully we held on."

Scotland are now on three points along with Macedonia and Holland, who won 2-1 in Skopje, while Iceland and Norway have one point each in Group Nine.




see also
Iceland 1-2 Scotland
10 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Scots blast critics in Iceland
10 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Scotland victory reaction
10 Sep 08 |  Internationals
World Cup qualifying as it happened
10 Sep 08 |  Internationals


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