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Scotland faced a must-win situation at home against Slovakia to keep hope alive in their push for their first World Cup appearance since 1998, and Chris Martin found himself in the right position at the right time.

Scotland, knowing that three points were a must if they were to extend their campaign into the final round of matches, started the better and felt that they should have had a penalty eight minutes in.

Strachan's substitutes Martin and Anya had a decisive impact but the Scotland manager was happy to hand over credit for his side's vital win to divine intervention.

"We had to play really well to beat them here and again with a late, late goal", added the Scotland boss. That was some performance.

"I've reiterated how important this game will be to the rest of the lads - but you've got to get a fine balance between making sure that we're calm and we believe in ourselves and we're not going over there going insane". But we managed to adapt and we created plenty of chances. He was magnificent - and the crossbar was good as well.

"When you see guys are ready to go on and play, and don't let the disappointment take over, it is easy for you".

'The 14 boys changed the result from being a draw into a victory.

"It says a lot about their fitness".

"You've got to get a fine balance between making sure that we're calm and we believe in ourselves and we're not going over there going insane".

So thanks for the favour, now if you would kindly forget how to play football so we can go to Russian Federation instead, that would be great.

Fletcher carried on and helped his nation move closer to a play-off place with a narrow win, in an encounter that also saw Robert Mak dismissed, and a crunch game in Slovenia awaits on Sunday.

Lithuania are poor, but it should go without saying for anyone who watched Thursday night's effort against Slovenia that England are not the sort of 2/5 shots you want to be entertaining.

Although Scotland's victor has been credited as an own goal by Slovakia captain Skrtel, Martin is aiming to claim the strike himself. Like literally anything. I'll be honest, I've got nearly no opinion on Lithuania v England, beyond vaguely wondering why anybody would choose to watch that over the hugely significant games happening elsewhere.

Not much of a goal to celebrate, but that would not have mattered one bit as Scotland's World Cup dream was dead and buried at this stage previous year, but now they are one win away from the playoffs.


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