Scotland 1-0 Slovakia: Lyndon Dykes’ goal leaves Clarke’s men at the top of Group B2

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Lyndon Dykes’ second goal in Scotland got three points in Group B2

Scotland extended their unbeaten one to over a year as Lyndon Dykes’ second international goal secured them a Nations League victory over Slovakia.

The Queens Park Rangers forward slammed the winner in the second half to secure a victory that leaves Steve Clarke’s men at the top of Group B2.

Scotland suffered their last loss to Russia 12 months ago, and although they didn’t make too many chances in an empty Hampden, the Scots have now registered five wins and two draws in seven games since that time. defeat.

Clarke’s team now host the Czech Republic in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Despite Thursday’s heroism of seeing Israel in a penalty shootout in the semi-finals of the Euro 2020 play-offs, Scotland has been criticized for its lack of intensity and sharpness, and its performance in first period against the Slovaks did little to respond to these criticisms.

The game continued to lack urgency as half progressed, Scott McTominay and Stephen O’Donnell both dragged hopeful efforts away from goal before Branislav Ninaj turned down Dykes with a superb challenge as the Livingston’s former man ran on goal.

The resulting turn saw Motherwell’s Declan Gallagher climb the highest, only to glance his head off the target as Clarke’s men entered the break without recording a shot on goal.

However, the Scots came out with intention early in the second period as John McGinn saw a speculative effort build ahead before Dykes opened. Ryan Fraser fed Stephen O’Donnell on the right, and his delicate cross in the box found Dykes in space to finish at close range.

The visitors tried to react quickly as a corner eventually fell on Jan Gregus, but his effort was stifled on the second attempt by David Marshall.

Dykes then gave way to Oli McBurnie, and the Sheffield United striker nearly scored his first goal in Scotland after falling from a header to a Fraser cross.

Man of the Match – Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser crossing
Returning to the starting lineup in an unorthodox punching position, the Newcastle man (right) was a constant threat with his pace and well linked with his punching partner. Something that was sorely lacking on Thursday.

What have we learned?

On an attacking front, it looked like the same problems from Thursday recurred after a pedestrian first half. But Clarke will be pleased with his team’s intensity levels in spells during a second period that saw Dykes score the winner.

However, what will please the manager the most, it is the last three which record a second successive blank sheet. After criticism last month, McTominay now appears to have settled into the role and Gallagher performed well when called upon. Moreover, Andrew Considine didn’t put a foot wrong in his debut and that can only give Clarke confidence in his defensive options ahead of next month’s play-offs.

Match statistics

  • Scotland have kept a clean sheet in successive matches for the first time since a three-season World Cup qualifying streak in September / October 2017.
  • Slovakia have been winless in four Nations League appearances since defeating Ukraine 4-1 in November 2018, scoring just two goals since.
  • Scotland won a competitive match 1-0 for the first time since October 2017 – their opponents that day were Slovakia.
  • Lyndon Dykes has scored four goals in his last seven appearances for Scotland and QPR, scoring two of his last three games for the national team.

And after?

Both teams continue their campaigns in the Nations League on Wednesday (7.45 p.m. BST) as Scotland face the Czech Republic in Hampden and Slovakia host Israel.

What they said

Steve Clarke, Director of Scotland: “It was a good performance from start to finish. The system worked well. It was a good, solid defensive performance and we expected a threat going forward.

« [Scott] McTominay, who couldn’t play the right center-back, was excellent again, Declan Gallagher was excellent and Andrew Considine didn’t let down tonight. He was really good. ”

Player of the match

ConsidineAndrew Considine

Scotland

  1. Squad number23Player nameConsidine

  2. Squad number9Player namesay

  3. Squad number17Player nameFraser

  4. Squad number14Player nameMcLean

  5. Squad number3Player nameRobertson

  6. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  7. Squad number4Player nameMcTominay

  8. Squad number1Player nameMarshall

  9. Squad number5Player nameGallagher

  10. Squad number2Player nameO’Donnell

  11. Squad number16Player nameTask

  12. Squad number11Player nameMcBurnie

  13. Squad numberdixPlayer nameMcgregor

  14. Squad number13Player namePaterson

  15. Squad number8Player nameJack

Slovakia

  1. Squad number17Player nameHamsik

  2. Squad number8Player nameDoubt

  3. Squad number11Player nameSafranko

  4. Squad number14Player nameSchranz

  5. Squad number7Player nameHaraslin

  6. Squad number9Player nameBozenik

  7. Squad number6Player nameGregus

  8. Squad number16Player nameNinaj

  9. Squad number4Player nameValjent

  10. Squad number22Player nameKoscelnik

  11. Squad number2Player nameHolubek

  12. Squad number21Player nameTo depend

  13. Squad number12Player nameKuciak

  14. Squad numberdixPlayer nameRusnák

  15. Squad number20Player nameMak

  16. Squad number19Player nameKucka

Line-up

Scotland

  • 1Marshall
  • 4McTominay
  • 5Gallagher
  • 23Considine
  • 2O’Donnell
  • 16TaskBooked at 50 minutesReplaced byMcgregorat 72 ‘minutes
  • 7McGinnReplaced byJackat 89 ‘minutes
  • 14McLean
  • 3RobertsonBooked at 74 minutes
  • 9sayBooked at 38 minutesReplaced byMcBurnieat 72 ‘minutesBooked at 83 minutes
  • 17FraserReplaced byPatersonat 85 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Jack
  • dixMcgregor
  • 11McBurnie
  • 12McLaughlin
  • 13Paterson
  • 15Porteous
  • 18Taylor
  • 19Shankland
  • 20McCrorie
  • 21McCrorie
  • 22McGinn

Slovakia

  • 12Kuciak
  • 22Koscelnik
  • 16Ninaj
  • 4Valjent
  • 2Holubek
  • 21To dependReplaced byDoubtat 22 ‘minutes
  • 6Gregus
  • 17HamsikReserved at 20 minutesReplaced byKuckaat 62 ‘minutesBooked at 83 minutes
  • 14SchranzReplaced byMakat 62 ‘minutes
  • 9BozenikReplaced bySafrankoat 76 ‘minutes
  • 7HaraslinBooked at 50 minutesReplaced byRusnákat 76 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 1A native
  • 3Vavro
  • 5Ginger
  • 8Doubt
  • dixRusnák
  • 11Safranko
  • 13Hrosovsky
  • 15Pauschek
  • 18Sabo
  • 19Kucka
  • 20Mak
  • 23Greif

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