McLeish gives adamant response to ‘frustrated’ Scotland boos

Date published: Monday 25th March 2019 7:43 - Matthew Stead

Alex McLeish admits Scotland have to improve and overcome the negativity that surrounds their Euro 2020 campaign after a “nervy” 2-0 win over San Marino.

The Scots got off to the start they craved after a shock opening defeat in Kazakhstan when Kenny McLean headed home inside four minutes, but the tempo tailed off and slackness grew.

Some of the near 3,000 away supporters chanted against the Scottish Football Association and booed during and after the match, and manager McLeish admitted his players were affected by the restlessness.

Johnny Russell settled fears of another shock by netting in the 74th minute but McLeish knew a 2-0 win against the lowest ranked team in the world was never going to begin the process of redemption following their 3-0 loss in the Astana Arena.

On the jeers, McLeish said: “That’s football. I have heard it over the years since I became a professional in different stages of my career.

“Sometimes the players get a bit nervous about that and that’s why sometimes you don’t see the free-flowing football that we saw in November.

“Over the two games we had a number of changes and it’s never easy when you don’t get a momentum and a rhythm and a nucleus of the team that we want to put on the pitch.

“I think they (fans) were frustrated that we never kicked on from the first goal. We did try to keep things going. As soon as the ball went in the net, run back to the centre circle, put it down, keep the pressure on, keep the ball.

“We could see there was one or two nervy clearances, maybe clearing when they could pass.

“They are human beings. Sometimes they get affected by that but they have to come through that and if they come through it, it will make them stronger.”

 

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