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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 May, 2003, 20:49 GMT 21:49 UK
New Zealand hold Scotland
Mark Webster (left) congratulates Stevie Crawford
Crawford (right) was on target for Scotland
Scotland 1-1 New Zealand

Scotland warmed up for the forthcoming Euro 2004 qualifier against Germany with a disappointing draw with New Zealand at Tynecastle.

Stevie Crawford's early headed goal was cancelled out by a Ryan Nelson strike as the Scots lost their way after a decent first-half showing.

Scotland boss Berti Vogts now goes into the clash with his native Germany with a record of three wins from 15 matches.

And he should be a worried man since the only similarity between an ordinary New Zealand side and Germany was the white shirts and black shorts worn by the visitors.

The Scots looked more compact in a traditional 4-4-2 formation, following the dismal experiment that saw Austria leave Hampden with a win last month.

But once again a lack of creativity was painfully evident and confidence appears fragile.

KEY MOMENTS
11 mins: Stevie Crawford heads Scotland in front
47 mins: Ryan Nelson hits the equaliser for the All Whites
85 mins: Crawford sees his header blocked on the goal line
With Paul Lambert, Barry Ferguson and Colin Cameron missing, Vogts lacked midfield personnel and the central roles were handed to Christian Dailly and Jackie McNamara - a duo more familiar with defensive duties.

As a result, there the only sparks of hope were provided by James McFadden and Paul Devlin on the flanks.

Devlin was always prepared to take on his marker, while McFadden displayed a few neat tricks.

It was an excellent in-swinging corner from McFadden that allowed Crawford to head home the opening goal from close range after 11 minutes.

Dailly glanced a Devlin delivery narrowly wide and Crawford saw a sharp shot from 20 yards blocked unconvincingly by Kiwi keeper Michael Utting as Scotland looked to increase their lead.

McFadden almost supplied a second goal with a copycat corner from the right but Steven Pressley's header was too high.

The towering Kevin Kyle was the target for most of Scotland's long balls forward, but the raw Sunderland striker caused New Zealand few problems.

The visitors rarely threatened in the first half but found themselves on level terms just two minutes into the second period.

Christian Dailly (right) in action against New Zealand
Dailly (right) was played in a midfield role
A long free kick was prodded home from six yards by Nelson with Kyle making a mess of his marking responsibilities.

The Kiwis were almost gifted a second goal when a Pressley slip allowed Aaron Lines a free run at goal, but Rab Douglas produced a great one-handed stop to save the Hearts skipper's blushes.

Conceding a goal appeared to deflate the Scots and the boys in blue slipped into the nervous, aimless pattern of play that has characterised much of Vogts' reign.

The introduction of Andy Gray for the lumbering Kyle did nothing to improve matters up front for Scotland, although Crawford was unlucky to see his 85th minute header blocked on the line by Nelson.


Scotland: Douglas, Ross, Naysmith, Webster, Pressley, Dailly, Devlin, McNamara, Kyle, Crawford, McFadden. Subs: Neil Alexander, Gray, Kerr, Stephen Caldwell, Graham Alexander, Gary Caldwell, Murray, Arthur.

New Zealand: Utting, Mulligan, Zoricich, Nelsen, Davis, Hickey, Jackson, Burton, Elliott, Coveny, Lines. Subs: Batty, Oughton, Hay, Bouckenooghe, De Gregorio, Smith, Paston.

Referee: Martin Ingvarsson (Sweden).







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