Scotland v Estonia as it happened

Gordon Strachan makes a winning start as Scotland manager with a 1-0 win over Estonia at Pittodrie.

6 February 2013 Last updated at 22:10

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  1. 2205: 

    I'm going to sign off now. Many thanks for your company and all of your contributions.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening and let's just savour a win for Scotland. It might have been against modest opposition but there were a number of positives to take from a cold night at Pittodrie.

  2. 2203: 

    Scotland's next match is a World Cup qualifier against Wales at Hampden next month.

    There were several good performances for new manager Gordon Strachan to mull over but he will know there is a long way to go.

  3. 2200: 
    Scotland goal-hero Charlie Mulgrew

    "It was difficult conditions... the most important thing was getting the win so we are happy.

    "It is good to get that winning spirit - hopefully we can go on and get more wins."

  4. 2158: 

    You can read Al Lamont's match report from Pittodrie and we'll have online highlights for you later.

    There will be TV action too, with Sportscene on BBC One Scotland at 2235.


    Briagha age 10, Scotland sports fan is up late. "Did Scotland win??? Did we actually win for once??? Seriously??? I think this tv has been tampered with!!!"

    Paul Rice, Denny by text: "Can we please stop all the negativity...we won tonight without ever really being troubled...was never going to be a 4 or 5 nil as Estonia are no mugs and set up every game to defend and counter...lets take the win and move on from here...more plus points than negative tonight!!"

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  6. 2149: 
    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We need the players to be a bit braver instead of playing square so often.

    "I thought the two centre-halves (Berra & Webster) were terrific and the two midfielders who came on (McArthur & Morrison) showed great composure.

    "Snodgrass, Burke and Maloney were positive and had the beating of people but it's not easy on that surface.

    "I thought Burke was terrific and Snodgrass had a heck of an act to follow but he rose to the challenge.

    "I saw things that worked and things we need to work on.

    "It's been a terrific night for me. No matter what clubs I've been at, that's the most emotional I've ever been before a game."

  7. 2146: 
    Scotland winger Chris Burke on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We had them on the back foot and the manager wanted us to get the ball down and move it around quickly, even though it was a bad pitch. Hopefully, I have shown what I can do. All I can do is give the best I can and playing with the rest of these guys is a pleasure."

    Birmingham winger Burke was given the man-of-the-match award for his lively first-half display.


    From 'Oor William', Dundee by text: "Well done Scotland for beating a team ranked 83rd in the world 1-0, at home, in a friendly. Same old, same old."

  9. 2142: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "It's a clean sheet and we won the game. We need to build on that. Gordon Strachan has had a look at the players and he will have learned a lot. Maloney and Burke impressed in the first half and Snodgrass showed up well in the second half."


    From Donald by text: "Encouraging start for scotland on what was a very poor tight surface. I thought Mulgrew had a good game and took his goal very well. Hope springs eternal."

    From Macar by text: "Brilliant win for Scotland

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  11. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    Gordon Strachan opens his Scotland tenure with a win. The hosts controlled most of the game but did not carve out too many chances from open play, with Charlie Mulgrew's set-piece goal proving decisive.

  12. 2136: 

    Scotland are really pressing for a second goal in the last few minutes but the ball just won't break for them in the face of some desperate Estonian defending.

  13. 2134: 

    Robert Snodgrass weaves one way then another before rolling a pass towards James McArthur but a defender stretches to take the ball off the Wigan man's toes. Kris Commons then ventures forward only to slash a shot high over.

  14. 2132: 

    Kenny Miller races onto a cute Charlie Mulgrew pass and flashes a great ball to the feet of Jordan Rhodes but the striker tries to take a touch 10 yards out and loses the ball when a first-time shot looked his best bet.

  15. 2129: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "It's been promising but my main worry is where are we going to get that killer pass from midfield from?"

  16. 2127: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie

    "As is often the case in such games, the tempo and flow of the match has rather dipped in the second half, with both teams making several changes. But these changes are perhaps more valuable tonight than they would normally be for the Scotland manager, as Gordon Strachan has a brief glimpse of a few more players before the competitive action begins next month against Wales."

  17. 2125: 

    The 16,202 crowd at Pittodrie is pretty muted at the moment as Scotland struggle to open up the Estonians. We can hear the shrill tones of children chanting, which is usually a sign that nothing much is going on.

    Scotland celebrate Charlie Mulgrew's 38th-minute strike Scotland celebrate Charlie Mulgrew's 38th-minute strike
  19. 2121: 

    Robert Snodgrass whips in a free-kick from 25 yards that whizzes a couple of feet over the crossbar.


    From Graeme Houston on Twitter: "What's the point of bringing on Kenny Miller? He's not exactly one for the future is he? #bbcsportscot"

    I'm including this one, hoping it will spirit up a second goal for Scotland...

  21. 2119: 

    Steven Naismith is going off and it's Kris Commons coming on for Gordon Strachan's final change. It means the goalie and back four will stick it out for the full 90 minutes.

  22. 2115: 

    Kenny Miller steers a clever header into the path of Charlie Mulgrew, who has a crack at goal from 20 yards with a rising shot that is tipped over by Sergi Pareiko.

  23. 2114: 

    Allan McGregor does will to gather a dangerous free-kick from Konstantin Vassilijev. The ball bounced right in front of the keeper but he watched it all the way.

  24. 2112: 

    Scotland are still bossing the game but have yet to test Estonia keeper Sergei Pareiko in the second half. Naismith and Snodgrass like to cut inside and the team has lost the wide threat posed by Burke in the first 45 minutes.

  25. 2109: 

    Charlie Mulgrew doesn't have to compete with Charlie Adam any more at free-kicks but doesn't do much to press his case as he loops an effort from 25 yards high over the crossbar.

  26. 2108: 

    Yet another change for the hosts as Kenny Miller gets ready to come on for cap number 66. Steven Fletcher will be the man to make way.

  27. 2107: 

    Steven Naismith finds a bit of room in the middle of the park, strides forward and hammers a shot just over the top from 22 yards.

  28. 2106: 

    Charlie Mulgrew fizzes in a deep cross from the left, having skipped away from a dangerous lunge, but the cross is just too high for Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher.

  29. 2104: 

    Scotland central midfielders Scott Brown and Charlie Adam depart, with English Premier pair James McArthur and James Morrison coming on.


    From Scots Wehey! on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound Now that's us back on track for Brazil 2014, who do we fancy after we qualify out of the group stages?"

  31. 2101: 

    Jordan Rhodes gathers a big hoof up the park on his chest and rolls his man to fire a shot over the top from 20 yards.

  32. 2059: 

    Everything was coming down the right in the first-half for Scotland but the left flank has been busy in this second period, with Mulgrew and Naismith prominent. It might have something to do with the shelter offered from the cold wind in Aberdeen or maybe it's because they are closer to the new manager in the dug-out.


    From Kinnon, Leith by text: "Fairly typical remarks from the usual negative Nancy's! I'm listening to what sounds like an entertaining football match. A bit less nervey for me than in recent times. More of the same please. The usual complainers will always find something to moan about so just let them get on with it."

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    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy by text: "In response to Ethu Crorie the fact is the back four is a real problem for us. We have no outstanding defenders. But given tonight's squad I would have had Bardsley at right back and Russell Martin at centre back. Both good defenders."


    From James Morrison on Twitter: "Could Scotland get these Estonian centre-backs signed up for the Six Nations? #bbcsportsound"

    Surely not from the Scotland midfielder? I don't think Gordon Strachan (or any other manager) would tolerate mobile phones on the bench.

  36. 2054: 

    Robert Snodgrass races on to a clever Steven Naismith pass but a lunging defender gets a crucial touch on the ball near the penalty spot to take the sting out of the midfielder's shot and it's an easy save.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan Gordon Strachan will have been pleased with most aspects of the game so far
  38. 2051: 

    Snodgrass has taken up a place on the right of midfield and Rhodes has gone straight up top, with Steven Fletcher dropping a tad deeper.

  39. 2048: 

    The second-half is up and running.

  40. 2045: 

    Shaun Maloney and Chris Burke were among the best players in the first 45 minutes but they will take no further part. Jordan Rhodes and Robert Snodgrass are coming on.

  41. 2041: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie

    "Well that was a pretty decent opening 45 minutes under Gordon Strachan. Bright performances from Chris Burke, Shaun Maloney and Alan Hutton in particular, with Allan McGregor making two excellent saves. I'm sure the Tartan Army aren't getting carried away just yet, but it's a good start."

  42. 2039: 
    Former Bristol City manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "There has been a real fluency about Scotland and the play has been vibrant.

    "There is a good midfield overload, with Naismith and Maloney dropping into pockets and Burke has been productive out wide.

    "I'd just like to see us get more bodies into the box and improve on the final ball."


    From Ethu Crorie on Twitter: "Promising start. Would be interesting to see the possession stats. Ronnie in Kirkcaldy - care to suggest a better back four?#bbcsportscot"

  44. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    Well so far, so good for Scotland. Gordon Strachan will be pleased with most aspects of the home team's play. The ball has been zipped around confidently on what is a bobbly pitch and Charlie Mulgrew has knocked in a goal from a well-worked free-kick.

  45. 2031: 

    Motherwell's Henrik Ojamaa does not endear himself to the Pittodrie crowd as he barges Charlie Mulgrew onto the pitch-side dirt track after the goal-scorer hoofs a clearance up the park.

  46. 2030: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie

    "That set-piece was made at Celtic's Lennoxtown training ground. Charlie Mulgrew scored an identical goal for his club earlier this season and Celtic have tried it a number of times. It looks like he's brought the idea to the national set-up. It worked a treat."

  47. 2027: 

    Sergei Pareiko has to get down smartly to push away a long-range shot from Alan Hutton at his near post. Or was it an errant cross from the right-back on loan at Real Mallorca?

  48. 2025: 
    GOAL- Scotland 1-0 Estonia (Mulgrew)

    With the Estonians anticipating a whipped in delivery, Charlie Adam rolls a free-kick from the left for Charlie Mulgrew to run on to near the penalty spot and the Celtic defender clips home a neat first-time strike.

    That's a first international goal for Mulgrew.


    From anon. by text: "Big signs of improvement already when the Scots have the ball - zipping it around with lots of good short passes trying to find the openings - certainly pleased with what I am watching so far!! The future is certainly looking brighter if this Is the style of play which strachan is looking to instill on the national team!"

    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy by text, doesn't agree: "New manager but same old same old. Why on earth is the prodigiously talented Jordan Rhodes not on from the start? Our back four are poor and struggling against Estonian counter-attacks."

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  50. 2022: 

    Two Estonians attempt an early shirt exchange with Chris Burke as they grapple with the Scotland winger. A free-kick is given but Charlie Mulgrew's delivery soars over everybody in a congested penalty box.

  51. 2021: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie

    "Gordon Strachan's been standing - arms folded - on the touchline for the opening half-hour of this match, soaking up every detail of his side's performance. For the most part, I think he'll be quite pleased, particularly with the way Alan Hutton and Chris Burke are linking down the right. Could do with a goal though."


    From Malcolm Reid on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Scotland have had more shots on goal in this game than they did the whole time Levein was in charge!"

    Scotland have been on the front foot but Allan McGregor has made the two best saves...

  53. 2017: 

    Allan McGregor to the rescue as he races from his goal and spreads himself to block a shot from Tarmo Kink, who had run on to a clever lofted pass over the top of the Scotland defence.

  54. 2016: 

    Chris Burke scampers down the right flank again and swings in a decent delivery but it flies over the blonde head of Steven Naismith in the penalty area.

  55. 2013: 

    Another long-range effort from Taijo Teniste but this one sails a few feet wide. This lad can really hit them!


    From Jamie Kerr on Twitter: "The Moon has more of an atmosphere than Pitoddrie... and less craters.. #bbcsportscot#Scotland."

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  57. 2008: 

    Shaun Maloney drives from deep in midfield and leaves a couple of opponents in his wake before skidding in a low shot that is palmed away by Sergei Pareiko.

  58. 2006: 

    Chris Burke twists and turns on the right edge of the penalty area before standing up a cross that finds Steven Fletcher. The striker plants his feet on the six-yard line and nods the ball a foot or so over the crossbar.

  59. 2004: 

    Scotland are looking to get Chris Burke involved at every opportunity. He looks the liveliest attacking outlet at the moment. Striker Steven Fletcher has barely had a touch.

  60. 2000: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "All the players want to impress the new manager but Charlie Adam is trying too hard. Don't force it, keep it simple."

    The Stoke man has misplaced a few "Hollywood passes" in the first 15 minutes.

  61. 1958: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie

    "The Scotland supporters have reacted positively to some bright, early attacking play from their side. Pretty well full stadium here, save for a couple of pockets of empty seats."

  62. 1955: 

    It's been all Scotland so far but there is a warning as a Taijo Teniste strides forward from left-back and unleashes a rocket from 25 yards that Allan McGregor does well to tip away.

  63. 1954: 

    Charlie Mulgrew is over a free-kick 25 yards out but gives way to Charlie Adam, who balloons a shot high over the crossbar.

  64. 1952: 

    A long ball over the top from Alan Hutton finds Chris Burke scampering into the penalty box but the Birmingham winger cuts inside before shooting and his effort is blocked. He gets it back and lays it off to Charlie Adam and his low shot from 20 yards is also stopped by an opponent.


    From Robbie Devenney on Twitter: "We not winning yet?! STRACHAN OUT! #bbcsportscot."

  66. 1950: 

    The Estonian goalie has a flap at Charlie Mulgrew's corner and the ball bobbles around before Shaun Maloney gets in a smart shot on the turn which is pushed wide by the big keeper Sergei Pareiko.

  67. 1949: 

    The crowd get noisy as Chris Burke slips a pass to overlapping full-back Alan Hutton in the penalty area but the cross is blocked by a defender in white.

  68. 1948: 

    Scotland are playing their way into the game, knocking a few passes about, with Estonia standing off.

  69. 1946: 

    Shaun Maloney and Steven Fletcher get the game started.


    From Ethu Crorie on Twitter: "Shall we wait until the game has started at least before we start having a go at the team? Interesting XI. #bbcsportscot."

    Far too reasonable an attitude - that will never catch on...

  71. 1944: 

    The national anthems are almost over...

  72. 1941: 

    Gordon Strachan's return to Pittodrie is not quite a sell-out. There are a few pockets of empty seats in the ground, with a crowd of around 18,000 expected.

  73. 1940: 

    The players are in the tunnel at Pittodrie and Scotland captain Scott Brown has that very scary, focused stare going on...


    Jay from South Wales by text: "I'm surprised Russell & Mackay-Steven were not called up considering its a friendly and a good chance for Strachan to see what they are capable of. Good to see Burke in who has been great at times in the Championship."

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  75. 1937: 

    Ragnar Klavan is probably Estonia's top player. The skipper is an imposing centre-half who used to play for AZ Alkmaar in Holland but is now with FC Augsburg who are second bottom of Bundesliga.

  76. 1934: 

    Scotland assistant coach Stuart McCall knows all about Estonia striker Henrik Ojamaa because he's his manager at Motherwell. And Strachan should remember Tarmo Kink well enough, having paid close to £1m to take the winger to Middlesbrough.

  77. 1932: 

    Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Webster, Berra, Mulgrew, Maloney, Brown, Adam, Burke, Naismith, Fletcher. Subs: Gilks, Morrison, Commons, Miller, Bardsley, Rhodes, McArthur, Mackie, Martin, Wallace, Snodgrass, Phillips.

    Estonia: Pareiko, Jaager, Morozov, Klavan, Teniste, Puri, Mosnikov, Vassiljev, Oper, Kink, Ojamaa. Subs: Meerits, Sisov, Rahn, Kruglov, Kams, Luts, Purje, Voskoboinikov, Ahjupera.

    Referee: Clement Turpin (France)


    From Steve by text: "Encouraged by team selection. When was the last time we had a whole team all with Scottish accents? Gordon is trying to bring back the old Scottish Passion. This has been lost with too many, let's politely say, ex-pats. I totally exclude Rhodes and Stuart McCall from my ex-pats remark. Come on Scotland!"

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    From Kevin Alexander on Twitter: "Following Scotland game from Houston. Come on Scotland!!#bbcsportscot."

    All the way from Renfrewshire or is that Texas?

  80. 1928: 

    Tarmo Ruutli has been in charge of the Estonians since November 2007 and got them to the play-offs for Euro 2012.

    Ranked 83rd in the world, they are currently fifth in Group D of World Cup 2014 qualifying, with four points from a possible 12. Holland, Hungary, Romania, Turkey and Andorra make up the section.

    Do I need to remind anyone that Scotland have gathered a mere two points from four games in Group A?

  81. 1925: 

    So, what about Estonia? They are familiar opponents for Scotland.

    This is the eighth meeting between the nations since 1993, with Scotland having won five of the previous games and drawing two.


    From Craig Gallagher on Twitter: "Burke and Maloney as wide players is positive. Naismith before Rhodes is disappointing though, he hasn't done much at Everton."

  83. 1921: 

    Strachan's predecessor Craig Levein was widely pilloried for his negative tactics and a stubborn streak to rival any cantankerous mule. Strachan has talked about "finding a system" that suits the players. Fans will be hoping that involves more emphasis on attack. It must, surely?


    Mike in Dundee. (DFC supporter) by text: " I don't want to dampen any fresh enthusiasm but, yet again, I would suggest that Strachan's first selection lacks both the adventure and the imagination we were looking forward to. Rhodes is the only forward in the squad currently scoring (and yes, I do realise it's at a different level). Russell should also be there or thereabouts. The defence, Mulgrew apart, looks as slow and cumbersome as ever.

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson has just described Alan Hutton and Christophe Berra as "lightening quick"...


    Luke from Edinburgh by text: "Strachan will bring organisation and commitment back to the Scotland team and will make us hard to beat. Scott Brown as captain will give his all and will be Strachan's man on the pitch. A positive outlook beckons."

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  86. 1918: 

    Strachan has been out of the tracksuit for a long time, having quit his last post at Middlesbrough in October 2010.

    But the former Aberdeen and Manchester United midfielder, who featured in Scotland's 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals campaigns, has lost none of his enthusiasm and was proud as punch when his appointment was officially announced last month.

  87. 1916: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie

    "Some very gentle snow falling at Pittodrie as Scotland warm up ahead of the friendly against Estonia. Extremely cold, bit windy, pitch rather patchy but apart from that the conditions are ideal."


    From Graeme Aitken on Twitter: "Scotland will still be rubbish, but at least with Strachan in charge the interviews will be a bit more entertaining #bbcsportscot."

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  89. 1912: 
    Gordon Strachan on BBC Radio Scotland

    "There's an excitement and a nervousness about it - I think that's the way I should be feeling.

    "I've really enjoyed working with the players this week, now I just want to get on with the game."


    From Gurjeet on Twitter: "its absolutely absurd that Russell & Mackay-Steven weren't called up to the squad, they're the future of Scottish football #bbcsportscot."

    From Ross Lawson on Twitter: "Feel more confident with Strachan at the helm. Knows the game like the back of his hand. #bbcsportscot."

  91. 1908: 
    Gordon Strachan on BBC Reporting Scotland

    "It's a variation of a 4-4-2 we're playing.

    "The idea was to play good football tonight but with the wind and the rain it might not happen.

    "You look for a win and a good performance - if I get either of those I'll be happy."

  92. 1907: 

    That team looks a bit 4-4-1-1-ish, with Steven Naismith supporting striker Steven Fletcher, or is it a bold 4-3-3, with Chris Burke and Naismith pushed right up on the flanks and Shaun Maloney in behind Fletcher?


    What do you make of that team?

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  94. 1903: 

    Here is the starting XI selected by Gordon Strachan:

    Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Webster, Berra, Mulgrew, Maloney, Brown, Adam, Burke, Naismith, S Fletcher.

    Birmingham winger Chris Burke is back for his first cap since 2006...

  95. 1902: 

    The 55-year-old, who was capped 50 times, takes over with Scotland rock bottom of World Cup qualifying Group A and ranked 69th in the Fifa listings. It's tempting to say the only way is up...

  96. 1900: 

    Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Scotland v Estonia from Pittodrie. The game is a friendly but takes on greater significance since Gordon Strachan is making his bow as national manager.

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