Skopje surface did not dent Scotland hopes – Strachan

Gordon Strachan’s Scotland side did not let a poor playing surface at Skopje’s Phillip II Arena upset them on Tuesday night.

The Scottish side dealt with the bobbly pitch to fend off Macedonia 2-1 in their World Cup qualifier and Strachan was proud of how his players coped on a subpar playing area.

"You look at the surface and think a win would be great,” he said after the match.

"How do you win? You think a couple of breakaways, you try your best.

"But to play like that and get a win, because that's a win and a performance, was terrific - against a side who beat Wales.

"We weren't allowed to train on it last night. We were only allowed to train on half a pitch.

"We thought the other half mustn't be very good either.

"The UEFA observer said the pitch was not good enough to train on.

"There were a lot of divots put in and sand thrown in. They tried their best, the Macedonian people, to get the pitch going.

"So to play football like that on a surface like that was a huge bonus.”

The win enhanced Scotland’s position in Group A qualifying to fourth as they look to play out their final fixture against Croatia in Glasgow next month.

 
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