MX23RW : Sunday, February 24 03:52:38
Oct 11, 2018 at 7.45pm UK
Attendance: 10,234
Peretz (52'), Tierney (75' og.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Mulgrew (25' pen.)
Souttar (61')

Defiant McLeish looking for Scotland reaction to Nations League loss

Defiant McLeish looking for Scotland reaction to Nations League loss
© Reuters
Israel bounced back from a goal down to defeat 10-man Scotland in Haifa.

Alex McLeish insists Scotland will bounce back after their 2-1 defeat to Israel in their Nations League Group C1 game at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa.

Charlie Mulgrew's 25th-minute penalty gave the visitors the interval advantage but there was no surprise when the hosts levelled in the 51st minute, midfielder Dor Peretz making up for conceding the penalty with a barge on Steven Naismith with a close-range finish.

In the 61st minute Scotland defender John Souttar was sent off for picking up the second of two yellow cards before defender Kieran Tierney turned a cross from Beram Kayal past Allan McGregor with 15 minutes remaining to complete Israel's comeback.

Israel v Scotland
Scotland were deservedly beaten by Israel in Haifa (Adam Davy/PA)

Scotland, who beat Albania 2-0 in their section opener at Hampden Park last month, have to face the Albanians away and Israel at home in their final double-header next month.

A defiant McLeish, whose side first play Portugal in a friendly at Hampden on Sunday, said: "We had a great performance against Albania and a good win.

"We have to pick it up, simple as that. That's what it's like in football, you lose a game and you go on to the next one and do everything we can to win

"We are obviously going to get a bit of stick for this and it's up to us to bounce back, that's what I would normally expect from Scottish people.

"Whatever it takes (to qualify). I will look to win both games but whatever it takes.

"I've had a few setbacks in my career but also a few probably more really good moments and that's what we have to focus on. It was difficult in the second half.

"Probably the goals we lost were probably harder to go in than one or two chances they had.

"We were under the cosh admittedly we will look at the game and analyse it and try to put it right."

Scotland were booed off at the end of the game by the Tartan Army but McLeish said: "The fans want to win. I'm right behind the fans. Obviously they give the players energy if they support them and I urge the fans to support the players."

McLeish felt Souttar was hard done by after being sent-off for two fouls on Israel striker Munas Dabbur.

John Souttar
McLeish felt it was harsh on defender John Souttar to be sent off  (Adam Davy/PA)

He said: "I thought it was soft, very, very soft. The ref was 60 yards away, he wasn't up with play.

"Maybe he got something in his ear. Maybe John will say he should have played it quicker.

"We were going to take John off it was really ill timing for us. Unfortunately play stopped for a free-kick for them and a red card for John Souttar.

"We had a long way to go playing with 10, it's never easy 10 against 11 and Israel had one or two players in good form.

Alex McLeish
McLeish wants Scotland to bounce back from the defeat (Adam Davy/PA)

"They deserved it on the night although we're disappointed with the goals we lost."

Andreas Herzog won his first game as Israel boss and ahead of his side's Group C1 game against Albania on Sunday, he said: "At the end we had a lot of chances and it was a deserved win.

"We had a really good day and it was not the best for Scotland. A 2-1 win is a great result for us."

Click here for more stories about Alex McLeish

Click here for more stories about Israel

Share this article now:
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Read Next:
Naismith targeting ‘dream’ of reaching 50 caps and Nations League play-offs

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Greek Superleague
Belgian Pro League
Swiss Super League
Segunda Division
Serie B
Argentine Primera Division
Liga MX
Uruguayan Primera Division
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Australian A-League
Indian I-League
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs27200755272860
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2711793534140
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham27106113540-536
12Leicester CityLeicester2795133237-532
13Crystal Palace2786133035-530
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132434-1028
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
17Cardiff CityCardiff2774162552-2725
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2725201450-3611

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account