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Scotland's Levein ok with penalty miss for Man Utd's Fletcher

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher last night could have put his side ahead just prior to half-time but was unsuccessful from the penalty area.

The spot-kick came when Lithuania striker Tadas Labukas handled the ball in the area and the decision was a great relief for all involved with the Scotland team after a non-decision cost them three points against Czech Republic on Saturday.

However, the referee doesn't score them for you and Fletcher was unable to tuck it away with Lithuania keeper Zydrunas Karcemarskas diving to his left to keep the Manchester United midfielder out.

But with Charlie Adam and Kenny Miller both sidelined, somebody had to do the honours, and manager Craig Levein insists he was happy for Fletcher to take it and not too fussed by the miss as Scotland went on to record a vital 1-0 victory.

"I spoke to Darren beforehand and he said he would take it," he said.

"It won't be the first or last penalty to be missed.

"That's football. If you miss a penalty in the first half you still have plenty of time to recover.

"Darren was immense tonight and he is a delight to work with."

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Andrew Slevison
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