World News – GB – Lyndon Dykes in second half strikes enough for Scotland to fend off sorry Slovaks


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It’s now two goals in four caps for the army’s favorite tartan scorer with an Australian accent

His strike in the second half was enough to win all three Nations League points against a stubborn Slovak side

SCOTLAND GO AHEAD 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Lyndon Dykes clings to a cute O’Donnell cross and stabs him in front of the keeper 📺 Watch the #NationsLeague shock live in the Main Event photo from Sky SportsTwittercom / 703SZpk6pD

Scotland were a tough watch against Israel last Thursday night, but this performance was full of encouraging signs

Clarke is building something now Slowly but surely this team is doing the trick and they deserve praise for this victory

These are seven international games now unbeaten in a race that spans a calendar year

Came Ryan Fraser, Kenny McLean, John Fleck and Andrew Considine, who made his international debut at the age of 33

This made him the oldest player to make his first appearance in Scotland since Ronnie Simpson in 1967

He played his first pass directly to a Slovakian player and took five or ten minutes to settle in

Considine’s cap should inspire players playing in the Scottish Premiership who may have given up on reaching this level in the game

SO CLOSE TO SCOTLAND! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Fraser lands a handsome cross on the head of Oli McBurnie, who can only hit the crossbar 📺 Watch the #NationsLeague clash live in the Main Event photo from Sky SportsTwittercom / HcW7Nl4JjA

Clarke described the center-back as a persistent 7/10 player who never lets his team down and that probably wasn’t the biggest compliment in the world

But Considine’s steadfastness in a red shirt over the years has made him a worthy call. And who knows, maybe he’ll now be an integral part of Clarke’s plans

The veteran stopper was right alongside Declan Gallagher who was also uncompromising at the back

The shame for Considine, of course, was that her big night wasn’t as big as it should have been

If he’s ever dreamed of playing for Scotland, it’s unlikely it would have looked like this

Hampden is a stadium that must be filled with 52,000 supporters to feel alive and with empty stands the atmosphere is strange

So these Scottish players had to generate their own intensity – which they did successfully

The teams went 0-0 at the break but Clarke’s team was the dominant team

Slovakia made no less than nine changes after winning a shootout in the shoot-off against Republic or Ireland last Thursday night

Clarke would have been happy with how the first half went, although goalkeeper Dusan Kusiak didn’t have much to do between the sticks

Fraser’s job was to partner up with forward Dykes in a way McBurnie didn’t against Israel and the little man’s pace made it an act of lively support

It was only half the chance before the break, however, and nothing specified where it counted on the pitch

Stephen O’Donnell came closest to scoring with a rebound after 36 minutes, but in truth he didn’t really seem to believe he was going to score from the edge of the box when the balloon fell to him It was no surprise when he fired his shot well away from the target

One thing that would have pleased Clarke was that Slovakia didn’t give David Marshall a meaningful save before the start of the second half

Of the other players who came to the squad looking to make a good impression, Kenny McLean was the

His role was to have Scotland play from the middle of the park and he made excellent use of the ball

Fleck was also impressive at his side with the Sheffield United tiger in the tackle as well which was great to see

He landed a yellow card within minutes of the start of the second half and in all fairness he probably couldn’t have too many complaints about Italian referee Davide Massa’s decision

That said, there have been baffling appeals for judgment from the Serie A official throughout this contest.

One decision in particular when Fraser was shot down as he exploded forward – and inexplicably had a free kick awarded against him – was utterly ridiculous

The whistler also seemed to close his eyes to a villainous challenge from Marek Hamsik on John McGinn seconds before the halftime whistle

The Slovaks will insist the referee should have awarded them a penalty when Dykes tripped Jan Gregus into the box, but it was completely accidental and one of the few decisions he made

It was a well-worked goal that came Fraser combined with O’Donnell on the right and the cross from Motherwell’s defender was perfect for Dykes to enter the six-yard box

At first it looked like the QPR forward may have drifted offside, but he timed his move perfectly, his finish leaving the keeper no chance

There was a real determination on the part of the Scottish defense to keep them from leveling every time they pushed the men forward

McBurnie has yet to score for Scotland, but he couldn’t have come much closer with a header that cut the crossbar Ultimately, however, Scotland didn’t need another goal to see victory

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