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Snodgrass debut goal hands Scotland win over Denmark

Robert Snodgrass opened his international account in his first start to give Scotland a narrow 2-1 win over Denmark at Hampden Park. Boss Craig Levein then rallied the Tartan Army to make next month's crunch Euro 2012 qualifying clash with Czech Republic one of the great nights at the famous old stadium.

"I think the supporters recognise it is going to be a great occasion and the ticket sales are really good," he said.

"I would encourage anybody who is thinking about coming long to please come along and give us your support.

"I think about the game against Spain last year, the atmosphere within the stadium, and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

"The supporters did brilliantly tonight but multiply that by two and a half or three times and it does make a big difference.

"I think everybody has to see evidence of things getting better and if we can keep improving and the players believe it then we will have a big chance.

"I am confident that we are capable of beating Czech Republic and I know we will play in the same manner and run ourselves in to the ground to win the game, I know that and it is a big thing to have in your armoury."

Charlie Adam's free-kick gave the hosts a 21st minute lead but on the half-hour mark Christian Eriksen's free-kick levelled.

However, two minutes from the break Snodgrass stooped to head in Kenny Miller's cross for the winner.

Levein, who revealed that Scott Brown's ankle injury which forced him off in the first half was a "one or two out of 10" in terms of severity, was pleased for Snodgrass and young stopper Danny Wilson.

He said: "Him and Danny did very well.

"The purpose of this was to see if they could handle this type of game and they passed with flying colours.

"I'm delighted for Robert to score a goal and for Danny to play in a defence which lost only one goal against a top, top side.

"It shows a sign of progress and that we have a winning mentality.

"A year ago at this time we sat in Sweden talking a defeat which was hefty and sore and it was very difficult for me to take any positives.

"The real pleasing thing was that in the first half we played for long spells the way that I wanted us to do, patient in possession and incisive in attack, which is indicative of the stuff that we have been playing in the last four or five games.

"Overall it is another small step in the right direction."

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