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MessagePosté le: Ven 1 Juin - 10:01 (2018)    Sujet du message: Steven Thompson: The trip that nobody wanted may bear fruit Répondre en citant

OK, so the friendly matches against 188bet Peru and Mexico weren’t exactly what anyone was relishing come the end of a long season, and the list of call-offs and players who were excused duty in the first place is indicative of that.

In fairness though, it’s not as if national team manager Alex McLeish would have chosen to take a fringe squad over to South America to play two quality sides with full squads to choose from - and places at the World Cup to play for - either. McLeish has had to play the cards he has been dealt, and although the deck has been stacked against him, he might just come out of this slog across the Atlantic ahead yet.

I was struck by the positivity of McLeish after the game, and I think that whatever the merits behind the arguments about not going over there may have been, Scotland are there now, and we may as well try to make the most of it.

The result against Peru was perhaps predictable, but you could argue the performance was better than expected. In international 188bet football, as McLeish found previously to some success with Scotland, a lot depends on how tight you can keep it at the back, and there were really promising signs that the team looked well-drilled and superbly organised for the majority of the game.

Yes, the goals we lost were preventable, and I feel for goalkeeper Jordan Archer, who has had to wait a long time for his chance only to make two mistakes and cost his side a decent result. But with the greatest of respect, he will not be starting in the Nations League matches when they roll around in the autumn, and you can’t really see Allan McGregor or Craig Gordon making similar errors.

There is an argument that as many as seven or eight of the players who started the game against Peru won’t be on the teamsheet for that first fixture against Albania at Hampden in September. It was good for the likes of Lewis Stevenson, for instance, to get recognised and earn an international cap, but unfortunately for him he is in the wrong position. You may not be able to take too much from the individual performances because of that, but you can look at the shape of the team and get a feel for what we can come to expect from Scotland going forward. 188bet


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