Steve Clarke says Scotland are ‘suffering’ but must not forget progress


Steve Clarke mentioned his Scotland gamers had been “struggling” after their 2022 International Cup dream resulted in devastation with a 3-1 defeat by way of Ukraine of their play-off semi-final at Hampden Park.

International consideration was once at the sport because of Russia’s invasion in their neighbours in February but if the point of interest became from the emotion surrounding the sport to soccer, it was once Ukraine who got here up trumps beginning with a objective within the thirty third minute from skipper Andriy Yarmolenko.

Roman Yaremchuk doubled that lead 3 mins after the destroy and, despite the fact that midfielder Callum McGregor pulled a objective again for the Scots within the 79th minute, Ukraine change Artem Dovbyk drove in a breakaway 3rd in added time to ebook a spot in opposition to Wales within the play-off last in Cardiff on Sunday the place a place in Qatar is up for grabs.

The Scotland boss, who now has to get his squad able for the International locations League opener in opposition to Armenia at Hampden Park subsequent week, mentioned: “The very first thing it's a must to do is undergo in combination.

“I'm struggling, the training personnel are struggling and greater than anyone the gamers are struggling.

“Now we have 24 hours to really feel sorry for ourselves, we can analyse the sport as a gaggle and what we can attempt to do is attempt to get again at the horse, for need of a higher word, and we can pass once more.

“What we shouldn’t put out of your mind is the growth that we have got made during the last 3 years, we got here right here 8 video games unbeaten nevertheless it was once Ukraine’s evening so congratulations to Ukraine.

“The most productive crew gained the sport. It was once disappointing. However on occasion the opposition play higher and this was once the case at the evening.

“I knew they'd be smartly ready and so they had been smartly ready, they're a excellent crew. We didn’t go the ball smartly sufficient within the first part and that also is credit score to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrates (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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“The primary part, we didn’t play as we will be able to play, on occasion that occurs in soccer.

“John McGinn overlooked a large likelihood with half-hour to head and if you're making it 2-1 then, possibly you and feature a bit of extra composure so that you chase the sport, while for those who ranking moderately overdue it turns into a frantic chase.”

Ukraine boss Oleksandr Petrakov, talking thru an interpreter, devoted the morale-boosting victory to his nation and the ones concerned within the warfare again house and introduced a tirade on Russia.

He mentioned: “I haven't any feelings, they had been all left at the pitch. This victory was once no longer for me or the gamers, this victory was once for Ukraine.

“We did the whole thing for the folk we performed for, for the military within the trenches and within the hospitals, who give their final drop of blood, the ones in Ukraine who are suffering on a daily basis.

“They are going to thank us and we can give them our gratitude.

Oleksandr Petrakov’s aspect secured an emotional win (Malcolm MacKenzie/PA)

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“God forbid this tragedy would no longer contact any of you. However you will have to keep in mind what the Ukrainians are going thru.

“Girls and kids being killed by way of the Russians every day.”

Petrakov additionally paid tribute to the hosts.

He mentioned: “Additionally I give my gratitude to the folk of Scotland – an important, hospitable position.

“I used to be strolling in Glasgow the day prior to this and a few Scottish other people had been wishing me smartly and so thanks Scotland, we can by no means put out of your mind.”