A chorus of boos at the final whistle left Craig Levein in doubt of the fans feelings of the match. As usual there is a prevailing feeling that this was an opportunity lost and an error that will come back and bite us on the arse.
Serbia enjoyed the bulk of possession without creating many clear cut chances. At the death they could have stolen the three points but luckily, Alan McGregor our only truly European class player saved our bacon.
Throughout the match Scotland surrendered possession at will and were limited in attack. Paul Dixon had an impressive debut at left back however Alan Hutton on the right again left his defence open countless times.
Caldwell and Berra were average at best while Charlie Adam was wasteful with his passing and free-kicks.
Of all the players Robert Snodgrass impressed me the most. He looked capable of attacking and got into the faces of the Serbians. In the second half he was substituted for James Forrest.
Kenny Miller was industrious as always but the 33 year old veteran tired dramatically in the second half. It seemed as if everyone in Scotland, apart from Craig Levein knew he had to be replaced. Especially with new wunder-kid Jordan Rhodes waiting on the bench.
In the end Rhodes and Jamie Mackie got barely 10 minutes to impress, and they did.
In the end the pre-match optimism was unfounded. One point was not disastrous but anything less against Macedonia will be.
Proposed line up for Macedonia game:
The knives are well and truly out for Craig Levein. If he loses or draws on Tuesday he has to go.
Agree with most if what you say. Other than snodgrass. Thought he was as wasteful as the rest in possesion and failed to impress at all. We did look a much better side in the last 10 mins as Rhodes and Mackie unlike the rest actually looked hungry to play and get involved.
I thought Snodgrass did well on the left with little support. He got stuck in and should have stayed on. Levein is a muppet man.We should beat Macedonia but Wales, Belgium and Croatia will be far,far more difficult
I entirely expect Levein to lead with the same team (including a back 5!) against Macedonia tomorrow.
I disagree with your choice of Maloney though. He always threatens to deceive and has never performed well for Scotland. Mackie on the other hand came on 10 from the end on Saturday and looked far more accomplished that anyone else on the pitch.
For me it has to be Rhodes and Mackie to replace Webster and Miller and revert to a back 4.
I think Levein will pick Maloney based on his Wigan form at the tail end of last season.
I thought Snodgrass played Ok and looked interested at least but i think Mackie will be a swap for Rhodes on 60-70 mins (which probably means last 5 minutes)
It’s hard to predict Levein’s starting 11 as he capricious at best and uninspiring.
Anything less than 3 points and we are doomed and so is Levein