Sunday, 12 October 2014

Scotland 1 v Georgia 0

Three points on the Euro qualifying board for Scotland. A relatively straightforward win courtesy of a deflected first-half shot from Sean Maloney. Scotland should have won more convincingly but they spluttered upfront with Naismith being wasteful in possession and Fletcher always looking for another touch or another pass.

It was a much better display than I have become accustomed to and the back four looked very assured. Hanley and Martin were solid in central midfield and Robertson and Hutton were  relatively untroubled.

Scott Brown bossed central midfield and Morrison was very tidy alongside him. Ikechi Anya played above himself in a blue shirt once again and Maloney was busy early on although he faded second half. It was only the front two who failed to really perform but I left hopeful that we can compete with Poland, Georgia and the Republic of Ireland for a runners-up place with Germany.

Poland will be in the mood for Scotland on Tuesday after beating Germany but I saw enough discipline and self-belief yesterday to think we could get another result in Warsaw.

I have just watched England edge passed Estonia in a not-to-dissimilar match to our own. They could have scored more and were rarely threatened. My money is on England to qualify first for France 16. If Scotland can join them I will be there for a fortnight in the sunshine - if I have to wait another 18 years, I will be approaching 70! Life is short, so make the most of it.


Anonymous said...

I was feeling quite chopper this morning but then I decided to read your blog, the age related maths equation at the foot of your blog was really unnecessary, especially as I'm only 4 days younger than you.


Dave said...

PH -"Quite chopper?" Freudian slip? Glad to see you are joining the rage against the machine but we can't beat Father Time.

Anonymous said...

Bloody predictive text, should have been "chipper".