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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 September, 2004, 21:08 GMT 22:08 UK
McFadden defends Scots
James McFadden backs manager Berti Vogts
James McFadden insisted that Scotland deserved better after their 0-0 draw with Slovenia in their opening World Cup qualifier at Hampden.

"We should have won it as we ripped them apart in the first half," said the Everton forward.

"We worked hard and battled hard but just did not put the ball in the back of the net.

"The players are behind the manager and that showed tonight in our attitude to the game."

There had been calls for Scotland manager Berti Vogts to be sacked should his side lose in Glasgow and suggestions that his position could be under review unless they recorded a win.

But the German himself appeared happy with his side's performance.

All we needed was a goal
Scotland manager Berti Vogts
"We played well for most of the 90 minutes and gave something back to the Tartan Army," he insisted.

"It was a very, very exciting match and you must remember that Slovenia have qualified for some big tournaments.

"All we needed was a goal. We tired after 70 minutes, but that's normal.

"Maybe we need to do more up front, but this is a very difficult group and we played with great passion."

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher insisted that, despite drawing at home, Scotland could still qualify from Group Five.

"We will just have to beat Norway now," he said.

Slovenia coach Branko Oblak was critical of Vogts' tactics.

"They played too many high balls, that was their problem," he said.

Oblak was delighted to take a point back home to add to the three they picked up on Saturday against Moldova.

"I am absolutely satisfied with the result," he said.

"We came here to fight and we managed to take away a point.

"We had two good chances, but the same holds for Scotland, so I will settle for the point."

Oblak did not think that failing to win their opening game would be a significant blow to Scotland's hopes of at least finishing second in Group Five and clinching a play-off place.

"I don't think any team will beat Scotland at Hampden," he said.

"But maybe we were a bit under-estimated, so this was our revenge."

Meanwhile, Oblak was not surprised to hear that Belarus had held Norway to a 1-1 draw away from home.

Favourites Italy top the group, adding a 1-0 win in Moldova to Saturday's 2-1 victory over Norway.






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