Scotland head coach Steve Clarke revealed their Nations League defeat to Scotland was a head-scratcher as they prepare to face Armenia. The Scots were comprehensively beaten by Ireland 3-0 after they got the better of the Armenians in their opening game. Before the Nations League games, they were beaten by Ukraine in the World Cup playoff semifinal. Clarke revealed that the Irish deserved the win as they were the better team on the day.
“The million-dollar question, I don’t know. Football is a strange game at times. Sometimes you get a result that you don’t really expect,” Scotland boss Steve Clarke said. “Probably the reaction to the game on Saturday is as much a case of, ‘where did that come from?’ It was a little bit of a head-scratcher. Obviously disappointing on Saturday. We will focus on the next game, Armenia. As we always do we will get together as a group, speak about things, show some things on video and try to get them on the training pitch and moving again for the next game.”
“People can write and say what they want. There is nothing I can do to control that, the most important thing is what we do next,” he added. “There is pressure on every game in football when you are representing your country. There is pressure in every game of football. I don’t think there is any more pressure on this game than there would be normally. It is important in the context of the Nations League because we want to go to the September games with a realistic chance of topping the group so it is important from that point of view. It is always nice when you win. Everyone always feels a little bit better when you win.”