Strachan hails battling Scotland

06 October 2017 03:46:50 EST

Gordon Strachan praised substitutes Chris Martin, Ikechi Anya and James McArthur as Scotland clinched a crucial 1-0 victory against Slovakia.

The win means Scotland are now second in World Cup qualifying Group F, two points better off than Slovakia and three ahead of Slovenia, who they meet in their final match in the section on Sunday.

Scotland struck the woodwork twice while Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka made three stunning saves but the ten men looked set to hold on for a point until Martin Skrtel turned Anya's cross into his own net with just seconds of normal time remaining.

A delighted Strachan said afterwards: "I genuinely thought we were going to score a goal. I did. It would have been a huge disappointment if we didn't right enough. But I've got to say that was some performance.

"There's no doubt about it though the man of the match for them - the goalkeeper was magnificent. And the crossbar wasn't too bad either.

"Kech, Chris and James McArthur did a good job when they came on. It was 14 players out there that got us the victory. It says a lot about their fitness. You have to have fitness and mental strength to get the late goals."

Scotland are 8/5 to beat Slovenia on Sunday while the draw is available at 5/2.

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