Strachan proud after Scotland victory

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was left hailing the ‘best game’ of his reign after they registered their first victory of Euro 2016 qualifying against Georgia on Saturday, BBC Sport has reported.

The first half at Ibrox was dominated by the home side as they played some neat passing and attacking football. The moment that settled the game came on 28 minutes when a loose ball fell to Shaun Maloney, whose powerful shot was parried by the goalkeeper on to the leg of defender Akaki Khubutia before rebounding back into the net for an own goal.

Shortly after, Scott Brown saw a shot deflected narrowly wide, and although Georgia improved significantly after the break and created a couple of good opportunities, they fell to their second defeat in two qualifying matches.

After the game, Strachan was delighted with some of the football played by Scotland, saying: “That’s the best hour, 65 minutes that we’ve had as a football team since I’ve been here. I didn’t know the players could play that type of free-flowing football, with such ease, and break down a good side.

“I don’t care who you are – if you’re only 1-0 up with five or ten minutes to go, then it starts getting a bit hairy. They threw people forward. And, to that extent, I thought our two centre halves were absolutely fantastic.”

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