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Wednesday, 21 August, 2002, 21:43 GMT 22:43 UK
Vogts blasts Scots' mentality
Kevin Kyle (left) sends a header towards the Danish goal
Kevin Kyle (left) pleased boss Berti Vogts
Manager Berti Vogts blasted his players after Scotland slumped to their first-ever fifth straight defeat.

And the German admitted he has a battle on his hands to change his adopted nation's defensive mentality after they lost 1-0 to Denmark at Hampden Park.

The Danes went into the game fresh from a reasonable showing in the World Cup that lifted them to 12th in the world rankings, 48 places above Scotland.

But Vogts was not consoled by the narrow scoreline after a performance that justified the gap in the standings of the two nations.

"I am very disappointed with the game," he said.


The only way that Scotland can progress is to give Berti Vogts time
Danish coach Morten Olsen
"We have to change the mind of Scottish football and get them to move forward more.

"We have to change that mentality and it is not going to be easy for me."

Vogts' predecessor, Craig Brown, built a reputation for being difficult to beat with a defensive mind-set.

The German wants to change that and was frustrated with the number of that went backwards or across the park against the Danes.

He expected something more positive from a midfield that featured the creative talents of Celtic's Paul Lambert and Rangers' Barry Ferguson, united for the first time during his stewardship.

The defeat by Denmark followed four defeats for an experimental outfit that played a series of friendlies at the end of last season.

However, Vogts insisted that he could improve Scotland's fortunes during the forthcoming Euro 2008 campaign.

"This was the first match that I have played my best team and we will be one week together before playing against the Faroes, which will help," he said.

Vogts could only take three positive points from the performance.

Berti Vogts shows his anger at Hampden
Berti Vogts was frustrated on the touchline
He praised the battling performance up front from Sunderland reserve striker Kevin Kyle.

Everton defender Gary Naysmith fitted in well on his return from long-term injury.

And Vogts also thought that young Rangers defender Maurice Ross did well man-marking Jon Dahl Tomasson.

Delighted Danish coach Morten Olsen thought his team could play better and could have won by more.

But he said: "The only way that Scotland can progress is to give Berti Vogts time."

Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands, who took his chance to impress with a rare start for Denmark, also thought that the young Scottish line-up showed promise.

Even so, Kyle lamented: "The was the 87th minute before Graham Alexander put the first cross in and that was a disappointment."

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