Embarrassed Iwelumo vows to strike back

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Chris Iwelumo admits his debut howler will haunt him for years to come - but insists he will bounce back from the moment he cost Scotland a crucial win against Norway.

With the World Cup qualifier at Hampden still deadlocked 10 minutes into the second half, the Wolves striker was thrown into the action in a bid to salvage the hopes of the nation, but he somehow managed to miss the target completely when Gary Naysmith delivered a perfect ball across the face of goal to Iwelumo just a few yards out with the net gaping.

It was a nightmare start to an international career which had been a long time coming for the 30-year-old and he admitted: "I'm obviously gutted. I had a big chance and I should put them away so I'm disappointed. I just have to bounce back and keep positive."

He added: "I was confident and I put my foot out and it hit the heel. I'm gutted. But it's gone now and I've just got to move on.

"I'm my own worst critic and it's definitely something I'll be thinking about. But I'm a big character and I'll take that one on the chin and move on."

Despite missing the sitter, Iwelumo was determined to take some positives from his debut.

"It was fantastic," he insisted. "That's what I'm about, I'm a target-man and I think I'm quite mobile as well.

"I'm there to win headers, link up play with others and make the ball stick and I think that part worked pretty well.

"It would have been nice to top it off with a goal though."

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