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Strachan praises Scotland's second half

Press Association logoPress Association 8/10/2016 Gavin McCafferty

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan felt his side's second-half display was the best they've played for some time after James McArthur's late header gave them a 1-1 draw against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden.

The hosts struggled to create chances from open play in the first half and fell behind in the 59th minute after Fedor Cernych played a one-two with Vykintas Slivka to get away from Grant Hanley and bury his shot behind David Marshall.

Most of Scotland's opportunities came from Andy Robertson's overlaps.

Robert Snodgrass and Chris Martin came close before substitute James Forrest missed a great chance.

But the Scots looked to have run out of time and ideas, especially after substitute Leigh Griffiths sent a free header straight at the goalkeeper.

Cernych missed a clear opportunity for his second but McArthur headed home after an 89th-minute long throw and Scotland almost snatched an unlikely three points with some late pressure, a goal-line clearance saving an own goal five minutes into injury time.

"I thought the first half was a game like the English Championship where the ball got smacked from one end to the other, basically a game of knock-ons, knockdowns, who wins it," Strachan said.

"Second half, played well, played really well. Best we have played for a long time."

Strachan said he would shake it up a bit with regards his team selection for Tuesday's qualifier in Slovakia, who lost 1-0 in Slovenia in their second qualifier.

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