Scotland manager Steve Clarke praised his broadside for showing the patience and composure to overturn a half-time shortage and decision Republic of Ireland 2-1.
The Scots – playing their 2nd crippled successful 72 hours – trailed astatine the interruption to John Egan’s opener astatine a packed-out Hampden.
But Jack Hendry’s second-half header and a precocious Ryan Christie punishment – pursuing Alan Browne’s handball – were capable to unafraid a important triumph for Clarke’s broadside arsenic they moved backmost supra Ukraine astatine the apical of Nations League Group B1 up of Tuesday’s showdown betwixt the 2 nations successful Krakow.
“It was arsenic pugnacious a crippled arsenic we expected, you could spot Ireland had a wide week to hole for the game,” said Clarke. “It took america a spot of clip to get a foothold and by that clip we had conceded from a set-piece which plays into Ireland’s strengths arsenic they person bully gait up beforehand and are a bully counter-attacking team.
“Towards the extremity of the archetypal fractional we had amended power of the game. I said to the boys astatine half-time conscionable to enactment diligent and support moving the shot into bully areas.
“I knew yet the crippled would travel backmost to us. At half-time it was astir having a small reset conscionable to calm the boys down.
“You don’t privation to get them excessively frantic and starting to enactment the shot into the container from heavy areas.
“Eventually we spell to 1-1 and the punishment was right. If you leap for the shot similar that with your hands successful beforehand and it stops the shot going goalwards, it’s a penalty.”
A constituent against Ukraine volition gain the Scots apical spot successful the conception and promotion to Group A.
“At this infinitesimal successful clip I’m conscionable reasoning astir what my issues (in presumption of injuries) are going into the crippled connected Tuesday, alternatively than reasoning astir the consequences,” helium said.
“We cognize we person to get a point. We cognize we person to spell to a hard place. We cognize we person to play precise well.
“If we bash that past we get archetypal spot successful the group. Then we tin speech astir the rewards of being first.”
Clarke mislaid some full-backs Kieran Tierney and Aaron Hickey to wounded during the lucifer but insisted they were some taken disconnected for “precautionary” reasons. Tierney was replaced nether doctor’s orders aft suffering a caput sound portion Hickey had a choky hamstring.
Midfielder Scott McTominay is suspended for Tuesday’s lucifer successful Krakow aft picking up a 2nd Nations League booking.
“It’s disappointing, for thing that happened truthful precocious successful the game, but we person plentifulness of cover, galore midfield players,” said Clarke. “If it has to beryllium Ryan Jack oregon Kenny McLean we person bully bodies to spell into the midfield.”
Ireland present spell into their last crippled astatine location to Armenia knowing they tin decorativeness nary higher than 3rd successful the four-team section.
Manager Stephen Kenny rued the mode his broadside relinquished power astatine Hampden.
“It was a pugnacious crippled to suffer due to the fact that successful the archetypal fractional we showed existent maturity,” helium said. “I felt we had a precocious grade of control. We were comfy successful possession and didn’t truly concede immoderate chances successful the archetypal half.
“It was conscionable disappointing to concede 5 minutes into the 2nd fractional due to the fact that we had started the 2nd fractional well. The assemblage truly got up aft that and they went into the ascendancy. I thought we responded good and created immoderate truly bully chances but we conscionable couldn’t rather capitalise connected them. The punishment was contentious, it was precise harsh.”