We owe the fans - Fletcher

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Darren Fletcher admits Scotland owe their supporters a performance against Spain following the disappointment of Prague.

More than 6,000 Scotland fans were subjected to the demoralising experience of watching their team play without a striker for the bulk of the 1-0 defeat against the Czech Republic on Friday night. Roman Hubnik's header denied manager Craig Levein the goalless draw his 4-6-0 formation had been largely aimed at achieving, with the failure to test the Czech defence leaving the Scotland support downbeat.

"It's important we go out and put in a good performance for the fans," the Manchester United midfielder said. "Win, lose or draw, if they can see 100% and see the Scotland team give their all, I think that's important. We have to forget what happened in the Czech Republic and use all of our energy and commitment in the Spain game."

Fletcher added: "It's important the fans stick with the team. We have fantastic supporters, just look at the numbers who came to Prague and went home bitterly disappointed.

"But now we have to put on a performance against Spain so they can see the lads are 100% committed.

"We need to give them something to be proud of because if we are going to go forward as a team, it is important the fans stay with us and get behind us at all times.

"We're not going to go toe-to-toe with Spain. We know they will dominate possession and maybe outplay us but we have to look for opportunities to get forward.

"If we want a positive result then it's about being brave. No-one expects us to pass Spain off the pitch but when the chance comes to get at them we have to be brave enough to throw numbers forward."

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