World Cup - Snodgrass: We will play with pride

Robert Snodgrass believes pride will be the key to Scotland preventing a widely-predicted defeat by Croatia in Friday night's 2014 World Cup qualifier in Zagreb.

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Robert Snodgrass believes Scotland's pride will be key as they look to spring a surprise against Croatia

Scottish hopes of reaching the finals in Brazil next summer are over after taking two points from six games while their Balkan opponents are joint top of Group A along with Belgium.

The 25-year-old Norwich forward is aware that most of the noises emanating from the Croatian camp have promised another night of misery for Gordon Strachan's depleted side with boss Igor Stimac quoted as saying that his side "won't allow them to get out of their own half."

Snodgrass acknowledged the disparity between the two countries but insists the Scots will not be whipping boys.

"I think the table says it all," he said. "We are down at the bottom, they are fighting at the top and that's what people look at. But there is a level of pride at stake and a belief that we can get a result.

"I would hate to be in a changing room with lads that didn't believe they could win a game.

"It is a matter of pride. Most footballers I know want to win every training session never mind games and that's what it will take to get a result there on Friday.

"It is a team game and everyone needs to pull in the same direction to try to get a result, especially against a tough Croatia side.

"We have been very unlucky during this campaign. People might think differently but I think we should have beaten Wales home and away and we could have got a better result against Serbia.

"It's all ifs and buts. We are where we are because we didn't take our chances so we will try put those things right come Friday."

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