Andrew Robertson slams Scotland loss to Russia, says ‘no one showed up’ and fumes at goal reaction

Scotland captain Andrew Robertson fumed at his team-mates following their Euro 2020 hopes were abandoned by their reduction to Russia in tatters.
Despite taking a 10th-minute lead through John McGinn, Scotland were beaten by goals in each half by Artem Dzyuba and a second-half own goal from Stephen O’Donnell, making them six points off the second qualifying spot in Group I and with Belgium to pay a visit to Hampden Park on Monday night, live on Sky Sports.
Robertson took aim in his side response to their bright start at Hampden Park, saying he had”never seen anything such as” the manner in which he felt his nation froze after netting the opener.
“There is frustration, annoyance, everything that goes with this,” he told Sky Sports. “You can feel it in the racks and we have only got ourselves to blame because of that, they’ve got every right. It was not great.
“First 15 minutes I thought we had been good, got the goal and it had been like it scared us, I’ve never noticed anything like this before. That needs to change, Should we enter an outcome it should be a positive not a negative.
“I am filled with everything. My operation, exactly what the remaining lads done, all of us except David Marshall. To get 10 players in the beginning not actually showing up and putting in the performances we could is not going to win you a match of football.”
Goalscorer McGinn sacked Alex McLeish after a bad start to this particular qualifying campaign and laid the blame at a lack of belief one of the Scotland players, not having qualified for a championship of any type.
“It was a mixture of things, perhaps we lacked a bit of belief and that’s not acceptable,” he explained. “We have got to believe we could go and make it 2-0 and 3-0 as if we do not do we aren’t likely to create any tournaments. We all know that is the thing that is annoying and we’re capable in there.
“All the boys have been gutted. We know we’ve awakened and we know what we must improve on and, even if it happens againwe will be in better place to fix it”
Manager Steve Clarke shared his captain’s destiny, lamenting how Scotland”froze” after McGinn’s goal, also stated it had made their own showdown with world No 1 ranked Belgium a must-win game if they still harbour hopes of qualifying for next season’s finals.
He said:”We started the game ever so well, got ourselves ahead and froze. We couldn’t believe we were in front. We took our foot off the gas and gave them the momentum. It is a disappointing result after such a bright start.
“If you are going to be eligible you need to turn up in the big games and the big nights. This was a night we needed to flip up, we did in the start and were at the game at the beginning but if it goes 2-1 the momentum swings, we risk a lot, place some strain on but that the Russians were always a danger on the counter and we had to be wary of that.
“Now it’s about becoming the lads up and positive for the game on Monday. It is nearly a must-win. That is the scenario, we’ve put ourselves in a tricky spot in the group. We have got to find something, and when we got three points it would surely give us a chance of becoming.”

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