Saturday, 9th October 2010

Scotland coach Craig Levein has defended his decision to adopt an unusual system against the Czech Republic last night. The Scots played without a striker in an ultra-defensive fashion, but then had little chance of coming back when the Czechs scored after 70 minutes.

"I was happy with it", said Levein in response to questions about his strange striker-less formation. "I picked a system which I felt was working very well."

Indeed, Levein’s Scotland did keep the Czechs at bay for long periods, but the criticism was levelled at the former Dundee United boss that once the hosts scored, there was little the Scots could do to come back.

"The whole game plan was to not lose a goal and, when we lose a goal, it all changes of course. We lost a goal to a set-piece, which generally we are good at defending, but I think we had some pretty good performances out there."

Levein must now hope his side can take something from their Tuesday night match with world champions Spain who travel to Hampden Park.



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