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.