Scotland captain Andy Robertson was shocked by his facet’s sloppy begin to Euro 2020 because the Czech Republic ran out 2-Zero winners at Hampden Park on Monday.
Steve Clarke’s males had been competing within the first match at a significant finals in 23 years however Patrik Schick’s double – together with an unimaginable halfway-line objective – downed the Scots.
And Robertson admitted after the match that it was a troublesome outcome to take, acknowledging that Scotland need to be extra scientific in the event that they wish to progress to the knockout phases.
“It’s a extremely powerful day and an emotional day for us all. The build-up seeing so many individuals welcoming us in, the reception we acquired was unimaginable,” the Scotland skipper instructed talkSPORT.
“We needed to produce the outcome and sadly we didn’t and it’s powerful to take. We’ve acquired to react rapidly and prepare for the sport on Friday.
“It’s exhausting to place your finger on it simply now, everybody within the nation wished to get off to a superb begin.
“With the scale of us [in the team] we shouldn’t be conceding targets from set-pieces or second balls. Sadly the boy [got a good header and it went into the bottom corner.
Robertson may have identified Scotland’s shortcomings but talkSPORT’s Dean Ashton feels they were undone by something that can’t be legislated for, with Shick’s second goal a moment of genius.
“I didn’t think it was a bad performance, I really didn’t,” Ashton said. The energy was fantastic, they have created chances.
“I don’t think they were particularly worse than the Czechs, I thought it was pretty even.
“I thought Schick was unbelievable. His two finishes. The first one… that’s a ridiculous finish as he’s been in between two centre backs. He’s trying to glance and guide it, it’s an unbelievable header. And the second goal was a once in a career effort.”
The setbacks came before the match even started for Scotland with Kieran Tierney having to sit out and Robertson admitted the team missed the Arsenal man.
Robertson added: “KT is a fantastic player and we ended up going with three centre-backs.
“You don’t get the drive of KT. He overlaps me and sometimes he’s the furthest forward. He just wasn’t right and didn’t make it. It’s day-by-day unfortunately. He’s giving himself every possible chance to play.
“It’s important he doesn’t take any risks and hopefully he’s ready for Friday [against England].”
In the meantime, John McGinn believes Scotland are nonetheless able to qualifying out of Group D – however acknowledges it will likely be a tricky activity.
No Scotland workforce has escaped a gaggle at a significant match – and the percentages on Clarke’s facet ending that lengthy pattern of early exits look distant after making the worst potential begin to this summer time’s European Championship.
McGinn is aware of the outcome means Scotland now haven’t any room for error of their ultimate two video games in opposition to England and Croatia.
“I don’t assume it’s a actuality examine. General we performed fairly properly, there are issues we will enhance on, nevertheless it’s the primary recreation of the match,” the Aston Villa midfielder instructed STV.
“We’ve acquired two video games to repair what we have to repair and it’s necessary we don’t sulk an excessive amount of. We have to do it the exhausting approach now.
“To present ourselves an opportunity to get out of this group, we all know we have to get a minimum of a degree on Friday.
“We all know what we have to do, we have to get one thing at Wembley, it’s our personal fault as we had a possibility to get a superb outcome at the moment.
“However we will both sulk about it or we will roll our sleeves up and go and placed on a efficiency and get a outcome that we’re able to.
“I feel there was sufficient within the recreation for us to be optimistic about, we created these possibilities, so it’s nearly taking them and hopefully they may go in on Friday.”