Scotland players on the defensive over criticism of Craig Levein
Craig Bicester Village London Prada Levein has been backed by his Scotland squad despite a backdrop of mounting criticism over the manager’s tactics.
Levein’s deployment of a 4-2-4-0 formation in the 1-0 defeat to Czech Republic on Friday raised eyebrows and triggered negative headlines. The manager is expected to adopt a more adventurous Authentic Prada Outlet Online Uk approach when Spain visit Hampden Park on Tuesday, but the debate over Scotland’s lack of forward options in Prague rages on.
“We could have done more going forward and we gave up possession really easily, but until the goal I still think Bicester Village Prada Store Number we did really well,” said Steven Naismith, one of the six midfielders used against the Czechs. “We had a plan but they had quality players who could really punish you and if you matched up against them they would cut you open.
“We defended really well so the main disappointment was that the goal itself came from a set piece after all the work we put in on the formation before the game.
“The manager is very thorough in his preparation for games and knows exactly what he wants us to do. He dedicates a lot of time looking at the opposition and working out the options. Up until now, he has got it right and I’m sure Authentic Prada Nylon Messenger Bag he will have another plan for the Spain game.”
Ironically, it is in midfield that Levein has his most pressing injury worries. Graham Dorrans has a hamstring injury, Lee McCulloch is toiling to recover from a hip problem, Barry Robson is suspended and Scott Brown had Authentic Prada Clutch already been ruled out with a damaged ankle. Kenny Miller, dropped on Friday, is almost certain to return as a lone striker.
Gary Caldwell replica prada, who will feature as a holding midfielder if he can prove his fitness, is upbeat as the Scots try to find a route to Euro 2012. “There are still three teams in our group fighting it out for second,” he said. “Nothing has changed because of the result on Friday.
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Caldwell, who scored the winner when France were shocked at Hampden in 2006, was then on the bench when Scotland won in Paris a year later.
“We have to go into the Spain game with the same mentality we went into those France games,” he said. “We showed great togetherness, we worked extremely hard and we got the breaks. We will need all of that for Tuesday but if we do we can pull off another massive result. That is the mentality we need.”