Steve Clarke says he’s ‘CONVINCED’ Scotland will make up for their World Cup exit by qualifying for Euro 2024 and admits Ukraine had been ‘properly ready’ and ‘one of the best staff’ of their emotional play-off semi-final conflict
A defiant Steve Clarke vowed to bounce again from the crushing disappointment of a World Cup exit by taking Scotland to the Euro 2024 finals.
Victorious Ukraine coach Olexandr Petrakov insists his gamers had been pushed by the willpower to make their war-torn nation proud.
And, regardless of six of their beginning eleven enjoying no aggressive soccer since December, the guests comprehensively outplayed Clarke’s aspect as they romped to a 3-1 win to set up a play-off ultimate conflict towards Wales.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke tipped his gamers to bounce again from their 3-1 loss to Ukraine
The war-ravaged nation produced a scientific show to finish Scotland’s World Cup goals
Despite the promise of extra-time after Callum McGregor’s late strike the Scots had been properly overwhelmed by objectives from Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk and an added time breakaway from substitute Artem Dovbyk. Ukraine now journey to Cardiff for a spot on the Qatar finals on Sunday.
Admitting his aspect misplaced to a greater staff, Clarke’s aspect entered the sport unbeaten of their final eight and promised to construct on the progress of the final two years by reaching the following Euro finals in Germany.
‘I’m satisfied,’ stated the Scotland boss. ‘That’s why it’s important we do not overlook how far we have now come over the past three years.
Clarke stated he was ‘satisfied’ his aspect would get better and qualify for Euro 2024 in Germany
‘We should qualify for Euro 2024 and past that we have now to get to the following World Cup in 2026.
‘This group of gamers will have extra caps, extra expertise and ought to be higher.
‘When I first got here into the job there have been some very low moments. We have left these days behind I feel, I actually do. We have improved quite a bit.
‘I’m unhappy, I’m unhappy for the gamers as a result of we needed to go to the World Cup collectively.
‘We cannot try this, however we won’t really feel too sorry for ourselves. We are a piece in progress, we need to get higher and hopefully they do not make me out to be a liar and we do qualify for one other match. Which I’m certain we will.’
Goalkeeper Craig Gordon saved Scotland within the recreation after a Ukraine aspect holed up in a Slovenian coaching camp for the final month threatened to blow them away contained in the opening 20 minutes.
Scotland had been under-par at Hampden Park and lacked the leading edge to see off Ukraine
West Ham striker Yarmolenko and Benfica ahead Yaremchuk took benefit of terrible Scotland defending to attain both aspect of half-time. Despite McGregor’s second worldwide aim providing the house aspect hope with eight minutes to play Dovbyk raced away on the counter to avert extra-time.
‘The greatest staff gained the sport,’ Clarke acknowledged. ‘It’s disappointing for us however generally the opposition play higher and that was the case tonight.
‘I knew they’d be properly ready. They are a very good staff so that is what we anticipated. But we did not move the ball properly sufficient within the first half and that was additionally credit score to the best way Ukraine pressed us. We could not actually get out.
‘So I made a decision to make a change at half time to attempt to deal with that – to place one other midfield participant on the pitch and play by the traces – however earlier than we had an opportunity to play we had been two objectives down. From there it was a good distance again.
‘But within the second half, at 2-0 down, we did get a foothold within the recreation. We began to make some probabilities.
John McGinn (R) was responsible of an enormous miss to get Scotland again within the recreation as they faltered
Clarke admitted Scotland had been second greatest however stated they might not relaxation on their laurels
‘John (McGinn) missed a giant probability and if we had made it 2-1 with half-hour to go then possibly you’ll be able to have somewhat bit extra composure as you chase the sport.
‘If you rating fairly late it turns into a frantic chase. When it is frantic the ball not often falls for you.’
With hopes of reaching a primary World Cup finals since France 98 now gone Clarke should now put together for Nations League video games towards Armenia (twice) and Republic of Ireland.
‘The very first thing you need to do is you need to undergo collectively. I’m struggling, the teaching employees is struggling and greater than anyone, the gamers are struggling.
‘We’ll have 24 hours the place we’ll really feel sorry for ourselves.
‘We have gotten to go away and we have now bought to analyse the sport. From what I noticed within the first-half, we did not play sufficient by the midfield.
‘Sometimes you need to credit score the opposition. Tonight, Ukraine had been a very good staff.’