Steve Clarke insists his Scotland stars must ‘learn lessons’ after opening Euro 2020 loss to the Czech Republic but will ‘lick our wounds and get ready’ for crunch England showdown
Scotland boss Steve Clarke has held his hands up and said his stars have ‘lessons to learn’ following their opening Euro 2020 loss to the Czech Republic.
Inside a roaring Hampden Park Scotland went behind against the run of play, after Patrick Schick was able to get up highest inside the area and nod home.
The striker was later able to capitalise after winning possession and lashed the ball home from just inside the opposition half, catching goalkeeper David Marshall off his line.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke says his players must now ‘lick their wounds’ after losing at home
At the final whistle, Clarke outlined that it was a game of fine margins.
The Scotland boss told the BBC post-match: ‘I think it was quite an even game between the two sides, I don’t think there was much in it.
‘Obviously they were a little bit more clinical with their chances. Losing the ball off a second phase set play was disappointing.
‘You go into half-time on the back foot. And then the boy’s hit a wonderful strike just inside our half. Those moments went against us in the game. When we had our chances to get back in the game, we didn’t quite take them. It’s a good learning experience.
Clarke was seen trying to console his captain Andy Robertson at the full-time whistle
Patrick Schick opened the scoring for Czech Republic with a header just before half-time
‘We didn’t come here to learn, but you still have to learn your lessons. That’s what happens. If you don’t take your chances as and when they present themselves, you have to make sure you stay in the game to give yourself a chance to get something from it
‘I thought we played decent. At times, we played some good stuff. It was quite a tense first half, there wasn’t a lot of space. Both teams nullified themselves for the first 45 minutes.
‘We didn’t work enough to get behind them in the first half. Lots to learn for everybody. I thought we defended by and large well, you take out the set play and their wondergoal, then we defended reasonably well.
‘We’ll lick our wounds for 24 hours then we’ll get ready for the game on Friday.’
The striker doubled his side’s lead with a 50-yard lob over Scotland keeper David Marshall