Alex McLeish: We were nervous in parts of the game

Scotland coach Alex McLeish admits his players were a bit nervous during the away game at San Marino.

Kenny McLean and Johnny Russel scored for Scotland to secure a 2-0 away victory at San Marino earlier today.

It was their first win in the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers, as they’ve lost the opening game 3-0 to Kazakhstan on Thursday.

Alex McLeish has admitted his players were a bit nervous in parts of the game as they laboured to a 2-0 win over minnows San Marino.

McLeish told Sky Sports: “We started really well, played well getting the first goal early. We tried to push for another, and because we didn’t get it we were a wee bit nervy.

“I know it’s been a tough few days for everybody, and when we got the second goal I think we saw the team relax and go on to create four or five other chances.

“We got a whirlwind start by the Kazakhs, I think it left a few of us shell-shocked. We’ve dealt with the second game, if not fantastically, but it was professional.”

Alex McLeish said he understands the frustration from Scotland fans having only beating San Marino 2-0.

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“We spoke about quality at the beginning of the game, then it was surprising to see a few passes go astray. We expected the level a bit better than today, but maybe the rest in Kazakhstan impacted a few people as well.

“I think [the fans] were looking for five or six, to be honest, and we accept that. It was obviously very important we won the game and dealt with it. In the end, we should have had four or five.”

Scotland is placed in the Group I alongside Belgium, Cyprus, Russia, San Marino, and Kazakhstan. They are the favourites to win the second place, which would secure them a place in the final tournament.


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