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Scotland Boss Steve Clarke Says Russia Thumping Has to be the ‘Very, Very Bottom’

Scotland Boss Steve Clarke Says Russia Thumping Has to be the ‘Very, Very Bottom’

Scotland boss Steve Clarke has said Thursday night’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Russia needs to be ‘the very, very bottom’ the national team sinks.

The Scots put in a bright and defensively solid display in the first-half, and even started the second well too, but the roof caved in on 57 minutes, when the towering and impressive Artem Dzyuba opened the scoring from a corner.

Magomed Ozdoyez made it 2-0 with a fantastic strike on 60 minutes, before Dzyuba added a third and the scheming Golovin added a third on 84 minutes.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, via STV, Clarke said: “It is something I have to look at because we can’t keep conceding goals.

“You have to give a nod to the quality of the opposition we have played recently – Belgium and Russia are two very good teams who I am sure will be involved in the latter stages of Euro 2020.

“But we have to make sure this is the very, very bottom of the lowest and then build from here and make sure that come March we are able to be very, very competitive and get through the play-offs and give ourselves the chance to be in the same championships.

“I think in all the games we’ve played there have been moments when you can see what we are trying to do and where we are trying to get to.

“Obviously the results are dreadful, I’m not going to get away from that or hide from that. We have to do better.

“We have to work harder. We have to make sure as a group of people that we keep improving. We have to make sure this is the lowest of the low.”

After a wretched run of results, Scotland are now second-bottom of their Euro 2020 qualifying group, ahead of just San Marino, whom they host at home in their next match on Sunday.

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