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Scotland 2 - 1 Iceland

by wavydavy123 (U2019499) 01 April 2009
Date:
1 April 2009
Venue:
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Competition:
World Cup
Player of the match:
Alan Hutton
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Thank-you Steven Fletcher.

Thank-goodness that someone can lead us to a win over what must be called minnows, Iceland.

Alan Hutton, who played superbly, provided the cross for Ross McCormack to finish superbly, opening the scoring. Motherwell fans will remember fondly their days with the current Cardiff player, but it was the whole of Scotland who love him now.

Indridi Sigurdsson equalised after a speculative drive was rebounded to him. At this point, Burley, and the whole of Scotland, were left disappointed with their nation once again. We were allowed to lose to Holland, losing to Iceland is nothing more than a joke.

However, Fletcher came up to score the winner with a great header. Personally I think Kris Boyd needs to be recalled to the international scene. WIth his finishing, it could have been wrapped up a lot earlier, preventing a possible draw.

At the end of the day, job done! Good luck Scotland, now we can go on to South Africa.

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posted Apr 2, 2009

Look at the teams that might get in the playoffs at the moment...eek!

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posted Apr 2, 2009

Could be lot worse I think.

Would quite fancy a play-off v Swizerland, Bosnia, Hungary or Slovakia. ROI wouldn't be the end of the world either.

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posted Apr 2, 2009

doubt hungary will make it going on remaining games. If they remain second that could well be the group to miss out.

dont think Slovakia will make it either, i still think the poles and the Czechs will be the top two in that group (sorry NI but you can hope i guess)

Same for Bosnia, may be wrong and if they do make it i think they would have us.

Switerland would not be a bad catch, ROI a great 2 leg game.

could just easily end up with one of France (yes we beat them 2 years ago, is it really that long, but struggling to say we would do that again), Portugal, Croatia, Russia, Czech Republic, Turkey.

and anyway, we have to reach the play-offs first and that requires 6 more points at least, if not more likely 7

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posted Apr 2, 2009

This was a fine performance by a team cobbled together (for whatever reasons) and faced with a team of "minnows" (players from Barca and English Premier League) who played out of their skins for the whole game and were difficult to break down.
This Iceland team are far from ordinary and for a nation smaller than Edinburgh to produce results like they do should put matters into perspective, it's an old cliché but there are no easy games any more. Unless you're a bunch of Poles with a point to prove.

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posted Apr 2, 2009

I was in agreement at the decision to not play Gordon before since he wasn't playing for his club, but last night he justified his selection and I reckon Burley should keep him in for the next game. Ditto Hutton, but I'm not at all surprised that he played out of his skin, what a difference to have a wing back popping up and helping out the attack.

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posted Apr 2, 2009

Interesting to hear people's comments that other players were equally culpable in that drinking binge which dominated the headlines. I'm guessing first of all that leaving out 7 players would have been impractical and Burley felt he would be justified in leaving out McGregor due to Gordon being available and Ferguson due to the consensus (at least from what I hear) that his performances have been below par this season. Thoughts?

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posted Apr 2, 2009

i would sooner bathe my eyes in acid than watch a repeat of Scotland's turgid and agonisingly clueless performance against Iceland. Despite winning ,it only really proved how inept and out of ideas Burley is. Surely Burley and Toshack together must be the most inept pair of international managers currently-though not for much longer-employed. They are a dreadful reflection on home grown talent.

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posted Apr 2, 2009

Every other group has 6 teams where as ours has 5. Meaning we get 2 games less, meaning less points more likely at the end of the qualification stage. The only thing is the points earned against the bottom team dont count soto reach the play offs hopefully iceland dont finished bottom!

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posted Apr 2, 2009

ignore the last bit..points againts the bottom team for the other groups wae 6 teams dont count.

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