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BBC Scotland pundits give reaction to defeat by Czechs

BBC Sport pundit Billy Dodds
Billy Dodds
Former Scotland striker

"I don't think they were a great team but they got their deserved goal. It was too little too late. It was a whimper. Craig Levein, brave decision that it was, left himself wide open to criticism.

"When you go with a 4-6 formation and it's something new at this level, people are going to pick holes in it."

BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith
Gordon Smith
Former Scottish Football Association chief executive

"The gamble failed. The manager decided that was how Scotland should play. We all agree we don't like seeing any team play like that. He was trying to achieve a result.

"I said before kick-off he was accountable for what happened in this game. He sent a team out not to try to win the game. He is the man who has to take the stick.

"After half-time, until the goal was scored, I thought we were getting totally outplayed. We never got an attack.

"I wondered when Scotland were going to take the game further up the field. When the goal was scored I wasn't entirely surprised.

"He has got to take the heat from this because there will be a lot of criticism."

Former Scotland and Hearts star John Robertson
John Robertson
Former Scotland striker

"I thought he would stick to the 4-5-1. He went with the 4-6 formation. We had a good cross in the first half, one shot all night, from Whittaker, which was high and wide.

"We lost a goal from the zonal marking at the corner. If you don't make the first header, you are in trouble.

"It hasn't worked, let's be honest. It was wave after wave of attack. He'll get some stick. The fans will have a go at the system.

"There are 6,000 or 7,000 Scots fans who will ask themselves why they spent all that money to go out there to watch a team without any attacking intent.

"The team that had to win it tonight won it."



see also
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