Burley happy with tactics

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Scotland manager George Burley has defended the tactics he used in the goalless stalemate against Norway and insisted: "I got it right".

Burley sprung a surprise when he deployed James McFadden as a lone striker and then opted for the inexperienced duo of Steven Fletcher and Chris Iwelumo - who went on to miss an horrendous sitter - as second-half substitutes ahead of Kris Boyd.

The game ended in a goalless draw but Burley said: "Tactically, you look at it and assess it and I think I got it right."

He added: "With anything, if you don't change it and don't go for it then people can say your system didn't work.

"Norway made it hard for us but when we changed it we got it right in as much as we completely dominated them, and that was the time to win the game. Unfortunately we didn't.

"But we had that opportunity in the second half and if we had scored we would have won the game.

"Changing it the way we did certainly worked. The players played the kind of football I want them to play in the second half.

"You're not going to get that many chances in international football and we needed to take one of them to win the match.

"The first goal was crucial and really we should have got it."

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