Craven Cottage

Next Game

Scotland v Nigeria

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 16:00

International Match

Last Game

Poland 0 - 1 Scotland

Wednesday, 05 March 2014, 19:45

International Match

Brown hails Scotland victory

Former Scotland boss Craig Brown believes the unexpected victory over Croatia will provide a major boost for the game north of the border.

Last Updated: 08/06/13 at 16:30 Post Comment

Craig Brown: Delighted with Scotland's win over Croatia

Craig Brown: Delighted with Scotland's win over Croatia

A first-half goal from Robert Snodgrass was enough to secure a first win in seven attempts in World Cup qualifying Group A.

Scotland, who have already been eliminated from the World Cup, have not reached the finals of any tournament since Brown's squad took part in the group stages of the 1998 World Cup in France.

The 1-0 victory in Zagreb also means Scotland have avoided slipping into the bottom pot for future qualifying campaigns, which should give the nation a battling chance for future events.

"Probably the most pleasing thing emerging from last night is that we are not in the bottom pot," Brown said. "That would have made it more difficult to qualify for the next tournament.

"It should be easier with 24 teams qualifying. There are 53 countries so just about half qualify, and surely you must think that Scotland will be in the top half of Europe.

"Scotland showed a capability that they could compete with the best. I think it was an exceptional result and performance. I think they were first class. Everything from last night is positive.

"I don't think anyone can appreciate the spin-off from that result - it will be enormous - not just the result, but in terms of replica kit sales, attitude towards the game here, coaching courses and recruitment, players wanting to play in Scotland.

"In every way, the game benefits."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Everton remain in top-four hunt with victory over Manchester United

Everton secured a Premier League double over Man United and former boss David Moyes with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park.

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pleased with display in 3-0 win at Hull

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was pleased with his side's performance as they eased to a 3-0 win over Hull City.

Premier League: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling best young player in Europe says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has described Raheem Sterling as the best young player in Europe.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property