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Scotland leave Wembley with heads held high

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A loss is always a tough one to take and defeat at the home of your biggest rival is, obviously, so much tougher. 

Yet Scotland boss Gordon Strachan can hold his head high after his side's 3-2 loss at Wembley and should sleep a lot easier than his counterpart Roy Hodgson.

Scotland bossed the first half of the Wednesday night match at Wembley. From the first whistle to the goal, it was plain to see which side was most up for the so-called "friendly."

Conceding three times has to be cause for concern, even against a team with the quality that England has. But each individual goal should not worry Strachan too much.

The first England goal came while left centre-back Grant Hanley was off the field to receive treatment. His position on the field was exactly where Theo Walcott was as he hit his equalising strike - on Hanley's side of the six-yard box.

Left-back Steven Whittaker should not have been beaten so easily, but had Hanley been covering alongside, Whittaker's error would not have been as costly.

The second two goals conceded were the result of very poor defending at set pieces. Two soft headers were Scotland's undoing yet Strachan shouldn't lose much sleep over that as these set piece errors are fixable. 

Given more time together on the training pitch, Strachan will be able to sort those set pieces out.

Scotland's gaffer can also take heart from his own team's goals. Both strikes - from James Morrison and Kenny Miller - came outside the penalty area, demonstrating a new-found confidence in this Scotland team.

All too often in the past, Scotland would seem scared to shoot, but this XI were rewarded for their boldness going forward and Morrison's on-target strike forced a blunder from Joe Hart in goal, while Miller's was simply class.

The days of Craig Levein's 4-6-0 formations would surely not have seen such intent going forward. Scotland did only have five shots in the match, but that is not a bad showing at Wembley and they were rewarded with the two that did hit the target. 

Perhaps the most telling shot was Morrison's second of the night, again from outside the box. The ball probably hit row 16 in the stands, but it demonstrated the confidence in this team. 

He had two shots on the night, one in the stands and one in the net, just proving that it's worth taking the gamble.

Strachan can also be proud of Allan McGregor. The Hull City keeper made plenty of good saves on the night. 

He could arguably have been at fault for getting beaten at his near post at Theo Walcott's equaliser, but apart from that you could not fault the man. 

A season in the Premier League after his spell in Turkey will do him the world of good as he practices against world-class strikers every week.

So overall, Gordon Strachan can look forward to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a degree of confidence. There is still a year to wait for that though. 

After a 1-0 win in Zagreb and a performance to be proud of at Wembley, Strachan has already improved this team significantly since his appointment in January.

Scotland may have shot themselves in the foot and could be poorly seeded and face tough opposition. The performances against Croatia and England, however, have shown they can shine against quality teams.


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