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Scotland victory reaction

BBC Sport pundit Murdo MacLeod
Murdo MacLeod
Former Celtic and Scotland midfielder

Barry Robson and James McFadden scramble in Scotland's second goal
Robson and McFadden are both claiming Scotland's second goal
I felt that it was very important that we got back on track after losing the first game against Macedonia. We've managed to achieve that and now we can look forward to the next game.

At 1-0 it was comfortable as long as we defended well. And when we got the second it looked as though that was the game over. But Stephen McManus's sending off made it much more difficult and it was backs to the wall.

We were under pressure but the players deserve praise; players like Gary Caldwell were throwing themselves in front of the ball and they deserve a pat on the back.

The team went into the game against Iceland determined to prove a lot of people wrong. They were hurt by the criticism after Macedonia and they proved on the night that they're back.

Against Macedonia they gave them too much respect and stood off them. They were only really under pressure in the last 10 minutes.

Kirk Broadfoot must be in dreamland. He's got a move to Rangers, a European medal and Scottish Cup winnner's medals and you're looking at him getting his first cap for Scotland and scoring on his international debut.

Then he's got his first cap and his first goal. I was delighted for him. He stood up to his critics and proved he can play football.

George has changed the side and the shape of the side and for me that was very brave. It's worked for him. That result has lifted the spirit of the Scotland fans.

Holland are the favourites in our section and we've got to look at them to win most games home and away.

We've got to look after ourselves and ensure we don't drop any more silly points.

BBC Sport pundit Billy Dodds
Billy Dodds
Former Dundee Utd, Aberdeen, Rangers and Scotland striker

Scotland manager George Burley
Burley got his first Scotland win in Reykjavik
It was an important win and the performance was good up to a point.

It was backs-to-the-wall stuff for the final 15 minutes with 10 men and the players really dug in and showed everything.

People were asking if the players back George Burley. Well, I think that performance shows it. Everyone mucked in.

I was concerned that we had given up the wide areas in midfield. If we had shored up and made the middle of the park more solid, the victory could have been more comfortable.

In the first half we were caught out because the middle three were playing too flat and, when the ball was given away, Iceland were on them.

Scott Brown wasn't really sitting and I wasn't happy with Darren Fletcher for a spell in the first half.

He was gifting possession too easily but he really worked his socks off and he got better in the second half.

It was maybe not a great display with the ball but Fletcher worked hard to get forward and support the lone striker and he was back helping out the defence when we needed to hold out with 10 men.

For their penalty, Stephen McManus said he was pushed but, if there was one, there wasn't much in it.

He got caught on the blindside from the cross and just stuck up a hand to stop the ball reaching the striker.

Thankfully, we got the points and now we can look forward to a home game with Norway in October.

Murdo MacLeod and Billy Dodds were talking on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound.




see also
Burley cheered by Scots victory
10 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Iceland 1-2 Scotland
10 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Scots blast critics in Iceland
10 Sep 08 |  Internationals


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