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Scotland secures last-minute win over Slovakia

08 October 2017

While the Scots need to follow up Thursday night's win over Slovakia with another three points in Ljubljana to keep their World Cup dream alive, the hosts' ambitions of reaching the play-offs are all but over after their Wembley defeat to England. It looks like I've been bitten by Mike Tyson! "It would have been a huge disappointment if we didn't".

Skrtel deflected a cross from Scotland substitute Ikechi Anya into his own net with one minute remaining to settle a dramatic contest at Hampden Park.

"We are on a good run but we still have the last game and it is not finished yet".

"I am sure the Tartan Army will be over in great numbers and if we can perform like we have done in the last couple of games then it will hopefully get us through the group".

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Slovakia were reduced to 10 men on Thursday midway through the first half but defended resolutely to keep Scotland at bay.

"There was a lot of pressure on us to win on Thursday against a team that were physically stronger than us and against 10 men which was hard".

The 1-0 victory means another three points on Sunday in Ljubljana will put Scotland second in the table and in prime position to reach their first play-off since 2003 as the road to Russian Federation intensifies.

"He probably thought about taking me off if I wasn't going to be 100% but the pain wore off and I was able to finish the game".

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"We were just driving towards the win".

Amazingly, a trademark Griffiths free-kick a few moments later had the same result, crashing against the woodwork, while Dubravka made a sensational close-range save from Morrison's half volley from the home side's next attack. "In some areas we know where we want to evolve towards and some of that can happen before we go to Russian Federation".

However, Slovenia, Scotland and Slovakia, who face Malta, all have a chance of finishing second going into Sunday's final round of qualifiers. I had big Chris Martin back in front of me heading one away at the end. We weren't at our best against Slovakia but we got the job done. We had to move them about and try to tire Slovakia out.

"We have to regroup and go again".

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Scotland secures last-minute win over Slovakia