Euro 2012 qual. - Levein 'happy' at Scotland display

Eurosport - Wed, 08 Sep 09:54:00 2010

Scotland boss Craig Levein claimed his side's poor performance against lowly Liechtenstein in the Euro 2012 qualifier at Hampden was irrelevant after Stephen McManus's winner deep into injury time took them top of Group I.

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The Tartan Army were stunned when Mario Frick, on his 36th birthday, gave the visitors a sensational lead a minute after the interval. Kenny Miller fired in an equaliser in the 62nd minute but it looked like it was heading towards the biggest embarrassment in Scotland's history until McManus headed in Barry Robson's corner in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

"I'm a very happy man. The facts and the stats will show that we are top of the group," said Levein.

"We can play much better. I can understand the criticism that will be levelled at us but I would like to give credit to Liechtenstein - they made it difficult for us.

"People want to talk about what we did do or didn't do but that is irrelevant - it's the result that matters and our result on Friday night in Lithuania looks better.

"The good thing for me is that the players didn't give up. They kept going and showed grit and determination."

Levein, though, was in no doubt as to the significance of McManus' dramatic last-gasp winner.

"It might be the most valuable goal in the campaign," he said. "Football is a funny game. One goal can make a difference.

"There is a big difference between two and four points. The supporters could have got on our backs but they stuck with us right until the end.

"That goal sends them home with their team top of the group and a lot of people would not have thought that was possible before the game."

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