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2 hours ago, exiledfan said:

I think Steve Clark has done a great job however tonight I think he got it wrong. McKenna man of the match against in a play off final should start ahead of Cooper who hasn't played much. Christy should have started to allow Dykes to come off bench when needed. Gilmour lost confidence in his Norwich loan. 

 

Yep, Clarke got it wrong from the offset should have been a 4-5-1 from the offset against a team like Ukraine. We were driven back to a 5-3-2 from early on and never got enough control or grip of the game from the offset. Fairplay to the Ukrainian players and their manager though who exploited our set up and weaknesses. I would expect them to beat Wales based on that performance although Wales might be better prepared after watching tonights shambles. 

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15 minutes ago, truesaint said:

Yep, Clarke got it wrong from the offset should have been a 4-5-1 from the offset against a team like Ukraine. We were driven back to a 5-3-2 from early on and never got enough control or grip of the game from the offset. Fairplay to the Ukrainian players and their manager though who exploited our set up and weaknesses. I would expect them to beat Wales based on that performance although Wales might be better prepared after watching tonights shambles. 

Aye, hindsight.

Retrospective on the way the game went.

Can be looked at in many ways but at the end of the day the players didn't perform.

He, Clarke,  changed things at half time but we were 2-0 down before we knew it so he had to see how things went before changing things again. 

Ukraine are more than decent but I agree we were poor over the 90 minutes.

Only threatened in the last 20, missed a sitter and scored a fortunate goal.

Just disappointed we didn't play as well as we have in the last 18 months or so. 

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Summary. Beaten on the night by a better organised, prepared and more motivated team. Set up was wrong as well as tactics. Underperformance by a number of players on the night. Gordon and MacGregor excepted. I would say that the change in set up and substitutes in the second half led to an improvement and at least / last we started creating chances. Despite that they scored two in the second half compared to our one. A bad day at the office for the Scotland Manager and Players. The worst thing is that the 3   - 1 Final Score flatters us.

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37 minutes ago, elvis said:

I think we laid down for them it's the only explanation I can come up with after that performance.

 

Given the media's fawning, mawkish coverage of the Ukrainian team, I genuinely wouldn't be surprised if some players felt that they shouldn't try too hard - even if it was subliminal. The BBC commentator was saying towards the end that he anticipated more urgency from the Scotland side.

Cymru am Byth.  

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3 hours ago, elvis said:

I think we laid down for them it's the only explanation I can come up with after that performance.

No we never. Technically the Ukrainian team are far superior. They are higher up the rankings and deservedly so. 
Our team selection and tactics can be questioned but they are still a better team than Scotland.

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5 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

Just about over last night's disappointment. 

A shame to go out playing way below our best.

If we'd played really well and lost I'd have been OK but the manner in which we went out leaves a bad taste.

Suppose McGinn can't do much about the shape of his heid.  😉

It’s done, it’s gone. Time to move on. Some good games coming up in the Nations League.

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7 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

FFS, EVERY thread, the square root of feck all. 🙈

Tickets for Scotland v Armenia on sale now in case you are interested in going to a match. Oh….forgot….as you have reminded us a number of times you will be in Tenerife.

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