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Brown concern over Scots plight

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown

By Craig Brown
Former Scotland manager

I'm accused of looking to make excuses all the time for the team, but it's difficult to do that after the defeat by Wales.

The Welsh team were without half a dozen top players including James Collins and Craig Bellamy.

We virtually had our strongest team but for maybe missing goalkeeper Craig Gordon and midfielder Scott Brown.

So we've got to say that result is a real body blow.

Unfortunately, as Billy Dodds rightly said in commentary, you expect the substitutes to come on and show attitude, make an impact.

Doddsy was an impact sub, there was no-one better to come off the bench and enliven things.

But we had Wallace on, Riordan, Kyle, Robson, McCormack and Fletcher - they all came on and I looked in vain to see real impact.

The spirit looked to be lacking in the side and I'm really quite despondent about the whole situation

We must admit that, as usual, Robson tried very hard.

But the others didn't get supply up front so you can excuse Fletcher and Kyle a little.

There was no impact made and no leadership. I was praising the captain Darren Fletcher before the game.

And I was saying what a wonderful example he was. But when you're in difficulty you need a man there, a real man amongst these boys to take a grip of them and get them organised.

The spirit looked to be lacking in the side, I'm afraid. I think of the good fortune I had with captains and really outstanding personalities who could lift the team and ensure there was no complacency.

But that, sadly, wasn't happening today and I'm really quite despondent about the whole situation.

The critical thing is the first goal and we're failing to get the first goal in too many matches.

The other team get a start and they get a lift, we get despondent and we can't come back.


You get a yardstick from the performances in friendlies and the first 20 minutes was OK but when the first goal went in you could almost see the heads go down.

There wasn't a leader there, someone saying 'come on'. The third goal was wonderful play by Aaron Ramsey but the other two were preventable.

They came from the flanks and we defended very poorly in the wide positions.

I'm a real Scotland fan and I want to see them do well but I can hardly condone what we saw in Cardiff.

Craig Brown was speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound

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see also
Wales 3-0 Scotland
14 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Burley reeling after Scots loss
14 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Modest Ramsey lauds team effort
14 Nov 09 |  Welsh

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