Scotland 1 Slovakia 0

Slovakia focus ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Scotland

Slovenia were beaten 1-0 at Wembley with a late Harry Kane goal and the combination of these two results in Group F was exactly what Irish fans were looking for tonight.

Scotland travel on Sunday to Slovenia (who now have 14 points), where they will hope to secure a result that will leave them among the eight best runners-up out of the nine European groups for Russian Federation 2018.

So thanks for the favour, now if you would kindly forget how to play football so we can go to Russian Federation instead, that would be great.

"I'm just going to enjoy this for about an hour-and-a-half and then I'll really think about tomorrow morning". We stuck with it and didn't get frustrated.

"We believe in ourselves". "We were patient. It doesn't matter how you get there as long as you get there in the end". All these things are coming together.

Gordon Strachan's men dominated after Slovakia had Robert Mak sent off for two bookings midway through the first half.

Scotland began to make the extra man count and with sub Chris Martin on for Jame sForrest they came ever so close to a goal on 69 minutes when Martin rattled the bar from the edge of the area.

"A great performance", said Fletcher.

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"There was no doubt that their man of the match was their goalkeeper - and the crossbar as well - and the footballing gods have made a decision to give us the victory", a relieved Strachan told Sky.

Fletcher could be heard telling the Scotland bench: "I think my ear's hanging off". Slovenia for their part definitely need a win, and then to hope that something odd happens in Trnava.

The Stoke City midfielder, who has had extended spells out with ulcerative colitis, has been involved in seven unsuccessful qualification campaigns and also missed the 2009 Champions League final with Manchester United due to suspension.

Martin Skrtel's last-minute own goal was enough as Scotland - who had four Celtic men in the first XI - now go to Slovenia knowing a victory would secure second place and with it the chance of making the playoffs. Like literally anything. I'll be honest, I've got nearly no opinion on Lithuania v England, beyond vaguely wondering why anybody would choose to watch that over the hugely significant games happening elsewhere.

"But it means just as much to the rest of the boys as it does to me and it means just as much to the whole country".

"You've got to play until the final whistle".

"You don't want to concede goals, you've got to stay in the game".

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