Slovakia 3-0 Scotland: Steven Thompson's Scotland player ratings

Scotland drop to fourth in Group F after the loss in Trnava
Scotland drop to fourth in Group F after the loss in Trnava

Scotland's World Cup qualifying hopes suffered another setback with a sorry 3-0 loss in Slovakia.

Former Scotland striker Steven Thompson gives his marks out of 10 for Gordon Strachan's side.

David Marshall (goalkeeper) 7

He made a number of great saves in the match and prevented the scoreline from being embarrassing.

Callum Paterson (right-back) 5

The Hearts 21-year-old tried to get forward and defended reasonably well in one-on-ones with the dangerous Robert Mak.

Kieran Tierney (left-back) 6

Robert Mak fires in the opening goal for Slovakia
Robert Mak fires in the opening goal for Slovakia

Scotland's best out-field player on the night. He offered so much offensively, especially in the first half. He looked a real threat every time he got on the ball. An accomplished performance for such a young player.

Russell Martin (central defence) 4

Not commanding enough. A below average display from an experienced defender.

Grant Hanley (central defence) 4

Badly at fault for the third goal, allowing Adam Nemec to get the better of him at a corner for a simple header. You can tell he's not playing regularly at club level.

Darren Fletcher (central midfield) 5

Tried very hard to shackle Slovakia danger man Marek Hamsik and marshal the rest of his team-mates.

James McArthur (central midfield) 5

Scotland midfielder James McArthur

Came in for Oliver Burke after scoring the late equaliser against Lithuania and worked hard but tired in the second half and faded out of the game.

Barry Bannan (central midfield) 5

Loose in possession, with lots of stray passes on a night Scotland failed to build any real attacking momentum. Managed two shots in the second half but both were saved comfortably.

Robert Snodgrass (wide midfield) 4

Not his best night following a poor display against Lithuania. Wasteful in possession in the first half and anonymous after the interval. One poor shot on goal from a promising position at 1-0 down.

Matt Ritchie (wide midfield) 4

Too many poor crosses and guilty of making the wrong choices in the final third too often.

Steven Fletcher (striker) 5

Scotland striker Steven Fletcher

Given a tough job up front on his own without much in the way of support. Should have done better with a header in the first half with the score at 0-0.


Leigh Griffiths (replaced Matt Ritchie after 64 minutes) 5

The Celtic striker looked sharp and had two decent efforts on goal.

Ikechi Anya (replaced Darren Flecther after 64 minutes) 5

Tried to make things happen with some direct runs down the left but the cause was lost by the time the changes were made.

John McGinn (replaced Steven Fletcher after 76 minutes) 5

Got stuck in when he came on and played one great pass through to create a good opening for Leigh Griffiths.

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