Austria after revenge - Wotherspoon

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David Wotherspoon fully expects Austria to be on a revenge mission when they come calling in Monday night's European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The two nations came up against each other in the last campaign, with Billy Stark's youngsters coming out on top on that occasion. Both sides were vying for a play-off spot heading into last September's clash at Pittodrie and Marko Arnautovic put the Austrians ahead, but the Scots hit back through Barry Bannan before Chris Maguire grabbed the winner a minute from time.

Even though there are changes in both squads this time around, Wotherspoon warned Austria will still be out to make amends on Monday, and the Hibernian midfielder said: "They will be out for revenge against us for putting them out in the last minute of the game. That will be in the back of their coaches' minds."

He added: "But, for us, it's a fresh start. A few of the boys will remember those games but it's a fresh start for most of the lads.

"It's a clean slate for them and hopefully we can show what we've got."

Scotland endured a stuttering start to the campaign when they were held to a goalless draw by Bulgaria at home last month.

But confidence is high after a 5-1 win in Luxembourg on Thursday night, with Jordan Rhodes bagging a hat-trick and Alex MacDonald and Paul Hanlon also on the scoresheet.

Wotherspoon, one of the few remaining players from the previous campaign, believes the fact they have recent experience of facing Austria can help to secure back-to-back victories.

He added: "It felt like it was going to be the same campaign again when the draw was made. It's good that we've got them again because we know some of their players who have stayed in the squad and we know we can get good results against them.

"We are looking forward to this game."

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