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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 25 February, 2003, 19:49 GMT
Gray earns Scots a draw
Andy Gray celebrates putting Scotland ahead
Andy Gray celebrates putting Scotland ahead
Turkey B 1-1 Scotland B

Scotland coach Berti Vogts declared himself highly satisfied as his future team were held to a draw by Turkey's B side in an entertaining game in Antalya.

The Scots opened the scoring after just 18 minutes through Bradford City striker Andy Gray.

That was cancelled out before the break by Ceyhun Eris, but Vogts saw enough from a number of players to hearten him.

And he hinted that a few could be called into the full squad when they gather next month.

"Andy Gray scored and he played very well, as well as players like Andy Webster, Bob Malcolm, Gary Caldwell and Paul Gallacher, so there were a lot of positive things," said Vogts.

"A lot of them showed they can step up and now I am looking forward to the gathering on the 11 March."

Scotland started the game promisingly and could have been a goal ahead inside 30 seconds when the ball broke to Don Hutchison, but he failed to connect properly and pulled the shot wide.

I was pleased with the movement on the pitch and the way that we played
Berti Vogts
Scotland had another great chance after 16 minutes when Gray pounced on Erman Guracar's back pass but his final shot was weak and easily held by the Turkish goalkeeper.

But Gray made amends two minutes later when a flicked header from Kevin Kyle gave the Bradford player a clear shot at goal and this time he slotted past Gokhan Tokgoz.

The Scots could have added to their lead on the half hour when Barry Nicholson picked out Kyle at the far post but the striker sent his header just wide of the post from close range.

A minute later Robbie Stockdale played the ball through to Gray who hit the crossbar.

A poor Stockdale back pass allowed Turkey to level after 37 minutes when Eris pounced to shoot home from just inside the area.

Scotland enjoyed the first chance of the second half when a Nicholson free-kick picked out Bob Malcolm who nodded into the path of Hutchison, but Tokgoz managed to clear his close-range effort.

Eris almost netted his second goal of the night from a set-piece with 15 minutes left - his 20-yard free-kick sliced through the Scotland defensive wall but fell just wide of the post.

Canero almost snatched the winner for Scotland with just five minutes remaining when he met Kevin Harper's cross but his diving header was blocked by the goalkeeper.


Turkey B: Gokhan, Gunes, Orhan, Erdinc, Erman, Hakan, Karadeniz, Veysel, Necati, Ozgur, Ceyhun.

Subs: Bora, Mustafa, Timucin, Ahmet, Fazli, Bekiroglu, Seyhan.

Scotland B: Gallacher, Stockdale, Webster, Malcolm, Gary Caldwell, Williams, Gray, Nicholson, Kyle, Hutchison, Harper.

Subs: Stillie, McAllister, Canero, Doig, Noble, Wilson, Cummings, Arthur.

Referee: Peter Sippel (Munich)






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