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Colin Moffat & Rob Maclean

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  1. Good night

    FT: Slovakia 3-0 Scotland

    Let's bring the curtain down on what has been an utterly miserable night for Scotland.

    Thanks for your company and all of your contributions. Who knows, maybe this is a long con so we can stun England next month... Ahem.

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    FT: Slovakia 3-0 Scotland

    Rob Maclean

    BBC Scotland

    In an after-match news conference that was far from revealing, Gordon Strachan insisted Scotland still have a realistic chance of World Cup qualification. Form can change quickly, he said. It'll have to change pretty dramatically I would reckon if we're to have any prospect of reaching Russia 2018. In one of few negative references, he did describe the two results against Lithuania and Slovakia as "body blows" but he says it's a "crazy group" and Wembley next month offers another opportunity to pick up three points. There was no criticism of the players from Strachan and no answer to questions about his future in the job.  

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    Certainly no suggestion of Mr Strachan throwing in the towel in this group or any indication that he's questioning his own role.

    But he's always been a shrewd operator and a master of deflecting awkward questions.

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    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "We'd like to be better off but we are one point off a play-off place and I've said before that it's a crazy group.

    "Form can change in a couple of weeks and this campaign is over a year."

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    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "Every time I get together with these guys they rejuvenate me. We've given it our best shot in terms of trying to pick the best side. I don't think you could ask for more in terms of effort. Okay, decision making could be better but I'm happy with response from the lads every time."

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    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "At this moment in time, the people I feel sorry for are the players. They have put so much work into the last two games. As a group, I'm really proud of them.

    "The second group you feel sorry for are the supporters who have come here tonight. I'm not thinking about myself."

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    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "The second goal made a big difference. They went from being a bit laborious to strong. Then you see the size of them and they get a goal from a set-piece."

  9. Strachan speaks

    Gordon Strachan is now speaking live on BBC Radio Scotland, click the audio icon to listen...

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    Rob Maclean

    BBC Scotland

    Is anyone looking at the Group F table and seeing any way back for Scotland? 

    We're a point off second place with three games gone, so I'm trying to convince myself. It's not working.

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    Still no sign of Scotland manager Gordon Strachan. We'll hang on to hear what he has to say.

    There are sure to be calls for his head. But who would replace him? I'm struggling to think of any realistic replacements.

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    Here's how the table looks.

    Are Scotland going to win the five or six games probably needed to finish second? Mmmm...

    Group F
  14. Into the three lions' den

    FT: Slovakia 3-0 Scotland

    Normally, Scotland fans would be full of anticipation ahead of a trip to Wembley.

    However, I can't imagine it's going to be a 1970s-style invasion of London this time.

    A lot of Tartan Army footsoldiers will be filled with dread at the prospect of facing England next month in the wake of this appalling result.

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  16. Blunt in attack

    FT: Slovakia 3-0 Scotland

    Rob Maclean

    BBC Scotland

    Slovakian goalkeeper Matus Kozacik hasn't had a serious save to make in a match that was a must-win for Scotland. In contrast to David Marshall who was beaten three times and pulled off a series of decent saves as well.

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    That was Scotland's heaviest competitive defeat since 2009 when Norway knocked in four.

    Darren Fletcher and Leigh Griffiths
  18. What next?

    FT: Slovakia 3-0 Scotland

    With just four points from three games, Scotland are staring down the barrel of yet another failed qualification campaign.

    Yes, Scotland are only three behind the leaders and one behind the teams in second and third but we've already played the teams seeded fifth and sixth.

    Next up? A trip to Wembley next month.

    Does anyone fancy an upset against England?

  19. What now for Strachan?

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    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland in Trnava

    Jeering at the end from the Scotland fans, and rueful looks on the faces of the Scotland players. Manager Gordon Strachan stood on the touchline at the end, applauding the away support, but this was another chastening night for the national team.

    Comfortably beaten in the end, despite a bright enough display in the opening half, this was a performance grimly undermined by poor defending and a lack of threat in attack. The team has lacked the quality to win against the teams ranked directly above and below them in Group F, which suggests there is no likelihood of finishing above third place.

    This was deflating and a wretched outcome for Scotland. The question now is, where does it leave Strachan?