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Strachan relieved to get first Scotland win out of the way

Gordon Strachan was overjoyed after guiding Scotland to a 1-0 victory over Estonia in his first game in charge of the national team.

Charlie Mulgrew's 39th minute striker separated the two sides at Aberdeen's Pittodrie Stadium and Strachan spoke of his relief at producing a winning start to his international coaching career.

"I'm glad it's all over. In 40 years of football that's the most excited and nervous I've been before a game," he said after Wednesday night's match.

"I didn't know how I would feel when I first took charge of the team.

"Now I know. It was an incredible experience. It rivalled getting my first cap as a player.

"I didn't expect that. I've done nearly everything in the game, played everywhere, but it kind of blew me away tonight.

"Getting to sleep last night wasn't easy and when I woke this morning it was 'Bang - you're on'.

"Maybe it's the expectations of the country. I don't know, but it was different.

"I've managed in the Champions League - I had to beat AC Milan, I had to try and beat Barcelona, I beat Manchester United - but it wasn't like it was tonight."

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Andrew Slevison
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