Scotland realistic about ‘slim’ Euro 2020 qualification hopes, says David Marshall

David Marshall admits the chances of Scotland qualifying for the 2020 European Union are”Slender” after the 2-1 defeat by Russia at Hampden Park on Friday.

Steve Clarke’s side took the lead after just 10 minutes when midfielder John McGinn scored his first international goal but Russia scored either side of half-time to shoot all three points.
While Russia are next with 12 points, three behind leaders Belgium who see Hampden about Monday night, live on Sky Sports 43,, after two wins in five fixtures, Scotland have been in fourth place in Group I with six points.
The Nations League semi-final play-off next March offers Scotland a different way in to Euro 2020 however if asked about the chances of getting there from the traditional route, the 34-year-old Wigan goalkeeper stated:”It’s obviously slender.
“We know that, we’re sensible about it. There is half the effort now and we must go and win on Monday night, we understand that.
“It is a massive request at this stage however you are feeling much better in a couple of days after you get a few days practice in and we will go back on Monday.
“There is a great deal of football to be performed . We need to get our minds. There’s still five games to go in the group.
“We know how slender it is but we have to go and acquire a big game.
“We clearly understand Belgium really well. We will have a game program that might change because it has become a game win and we will have to go . I am certain that we’ll be prepared.
“Football changes promptly. We arrived it away and were in the ascendancy. So we will go and give it a try on Monday.
“We are aware of what the audience is like here [at Hampden] if we get going and if we can get a start on Monday such as we did from Russia hopefully we could preserve it. But we’re under no regrets.”
At a loss as to how the home side failed to build on target and their early fantastic play, Marshall has been Much like the majority of the Scotland players.
The former Celtic, Cardiff and Hull goalkeeper said:”It was a big game and we needed the points. They are a fantastic team but I don’t think we played well.
“It was a disappointing result. Our game plan was to get after it and them worked well.
“This was a perfect beginning for us but the game just seemed to alter. They got a great deal of ownership and the aim before half-time was significant for them.”

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