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Relieved Levein content to be top of group

Scotland boss Craig Levein was ignoring his side's poor performance against lowly Liechtenstein in the Euro 2012 qualifier pointing out the Scots were now top of the group. Stephen McManus' 97th-minute winner in a 2-1 win took them top of Group I when a major embarrassment seemed on the cards.

With Lithuania winning in Czech Republic, Scotland are top of the table with four points from two games - which Levein was keen to stress.

He said: "I'm a very happy man. The facts and the stats will show that we are top of the group.

"We can play much better. I can understand the criticism that will be levelled at us but I would like to give credit to Liechtenstein - they made it difficult for us.

"People want to talk about what we did do or didn't do but that is irrelevant - it's the result that matters and our result on Friday night in Lithuania looks better.

"The good thing for me is that the players didn't give up. They kept going and showed grit and determination."

Levein, though, was in no doubt as to the significance of McManus' dramatic last-gasp winner.

"It might be the most valuable goal in the campaign," he said.

"Football is a funny game. One goal can make a difference.

"There is a big difference between two and four points.

"The supporters could have got on our backs but they stuck with us right until the end.

"That goal sends them home with their team top of the group and a lot of people would not have thought that was possible before the game."

The Scotland boss, understandably, had no problems about the time added on by referee Viktor Shvetsov, after the fourth official's board had shown five extra minutes to be played.

Levein said: "I think the referee had every right to add the extra time.

"Even in injury time, there were substitutions and time-wasting."

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