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Sport Steve Clarke reveals whether Lyndon Dykes will take Scotland’s next penalty after Israel miss

02:40  11 october  2021
02:40  11 october  2021 Source:   scotsman.com

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Steve Clarke admits he prayed that referee Szymon Marciniak would use VAR to give Lyndon Dykes the goal that helped Scotland to a dramatic 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over Israel . Eran Zahavi put the visitors ahead at a sold-out Hampden Park with a curling free-kick in the fifth minute before midfielder John McGinn levelled in the 29th minute with a Munas Dabbur restored Israel ’ s lead two minutes later and Dykes had a penalty saved by keeper Ofir Marciano just before the interval, but then had the ball in the net again, only for it to be initially ruled out for a high foot as Ofri Arad challenged.

Steve Clarke has primed Scotland for a cup final against old foes Israel in Glasgow next month. A first half Lyndon Dykes penalty - awarded after a VAR check - secured a superb 1-0 win over Austria in Vienna. Now second in Group F, a point clear of the third-placed Israelis , the SFA website crashed on Tuesday night after a surge in demand for tickets for next month' s Hampden showdown. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our Privacy Policy.

Steve Clarke has praised Lyndon Dykes’ strength of character but revealed the striker won’t be given the chance to take Scotland’s next penalty.

  Steve Clarke reveals whether Lyndon Dykes will take Scotland’s next penalty after Israel miss © Steve Clarke embraces Lyndon Dykes at full-time after the 3-2 win over Israel at Hampden (Photo by C...

The Queens Park Rangers striker saw his first-half effort against Israel saved by former Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano on Saturday night.

Dykes recovered from the setback to score Scotland’s second equaliser in the epic 3-2 win. However, Clarke isn’t willing to allow the striker to redeem himself from the spot anytime soon.

Scotland have now been awarded penalties in successive matches. Dykes had fortune on his side when his effort slipped under the Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann in the 1-0 win in Vienna last month.

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Steve Clarke admits he prayed that referee Szymon Marciniak would use VAR to give Lyndon Dykes the goal that helped Scotland to a dramatic 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over Israel . Eran Zahavi put the visitors ahead at a sold-out Hampden Park with a curling free-kick in the fifth minute before midfielder John McGinn levelled in the 29th minute with a Munas Dabbur restored Israel ’ s lead two minutes later and Dykes had a penalty saved by keeper Ofir Marciano just before the interval, but then had the ball in the net again, only for it to be initially ruled out for a high foot as Ofri Arad challenged.

Scotland kept their World Cup qualification dream alive with a nervy but deserved win over Moldova thanks to Lyndon Dykes ' tap-in at Hampden. The Scots missed chances and endured uneasy moments in equal measure after Nathan Patterson created Dykes ' goal. Head coach Steve Clarke had suggested Group F had reached a "pivotal" moment and so it could prove after this and Israel ' s win over Austria. Israel sit second, with Scotland up to third before Tuesday' s trip to Vienna. Clarke had wanted an improved performance as well as the three points against the group' s bottom side but said

The striker unwisely chose the same tactic of hitting the ball straight down the middle against Israel but saw the diving Marciano block it with a trailing foot.

Scotland went in at the break 2-1 down but strengthened their position in second place in Group F with two second-half goals, the winner coming in the fourth minute of injury-time from Scott McTominay. Dykes, meanwhile, became the first Scotland striker to score in three successive matches since Mo Johnston against Cypus, France and Cyprus again in 1989.

  Steve Clarke reveals whether Lyndon Dykes will take Scotland’s next penalty after Israel miss © Scotland's Lyndon Dykes after missing his penalty against Israel. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

But this hasn’t convinced Clarke to risk Dykes missing another penalty as the stakes get ever higher for Scotland.

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© Steve Clarke celebrates Scotland ' s last minute winner over Israel . (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group). Lyndon Dykes also saw a penalty saved by former Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano on the stroke of half-time but redeemed himself with Scotland ’ s second equaliser ten minutes after the interval. Referee Szymon Marciniak consulted the pitch-side TV monitor to judge whether he had been guilty of a high foot but allowed the goal to stand having originally booked the striker for dangerous play.

A first Scotland strike for Lyndon Dykes before the half hour helped massively. The Australian born son of Dumfries parents has been one of the few bright lights of an unconvincing Nations League double header against Israel and the Czechs - Ryan Christie' s ability to convert high pressure penalty kicks from 12 yards another. The Celtic midfielder slotted Scotland into the lead after 51 minutes from a soft spot kick won by captain Andrew Robertson. This was, in every sense, a hiding to nothing for Clarke ' s team. A win was the absolute minimum expected of the Scots and they just about got there.


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They can secure a World Cup play-off place by beating the Faroe Isles tomorrow night and then winning next month’s clash in Moldova.

“I’ve already told Dykes that he’s not on the next one,” said Clarke. “We’ll decide depending on the starting line-up. We decide from there. It just puts extra pressure on Dykes if he goes to the next one.

“No doubt tomorrow, when he’s calmed down a little bit and I’ve calmed down a little bit, he’ll come and ask me to take the next one!”

Clarke has nevertheless saluted Dykes’ contribution. Without his winning goal against Moldova and decisive penalty against Austria last month Scotland would already be out of the equation when it comes to securing second spot.

Dykes shrugged off the miss against Israel to volley home from close range with a studs-up volley ten minutes after half-time and survived the subsequent VAR review. His yellow card for dangerous play was also rescinded.

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Ecstastic Steve Clarke broke out into the biggest smile of his life as he confessed he was never in doubt Lyndon Dykes ’ goal would stand. The Scotland manag. Clarke ’ s team were staring down the barrel of defeat but hopes were boosted when QPR striker Dykes stabbed the ball into the net. However, the referee initially ruled it out before consulting with VAR. And Clarke has admitted he feared not for one second the goal would be good after Dykes had earlier failed to smash home a penalty .

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Clarke reserved special praise for the player he persuaded to switch nationality from Australia to Scotland last year.

“I just said I never doubted you,” Clarke revealed when asked what he had said to the striker afterwards. “I don’t doubt him because he’s got character, but they’ve all got character.”

Clarke ordered his players to dig Dykes out of a hole at half-time. “Last month he was the hero, he scored the penalty,” he said. “I said to the lads at half-time just make sure you bail Dykesy out. Last month he was the hero, this month he’s missed a penalty.”

Clarke saluted his side’s ability to bounce back from a series of first-half disappointments, including the loss of two goals – the first after just five minutes.

“It would have been an easy night to say: ‘Everything’s gone against us,’” he said. “But we turned it round, or the players turned it round. We had a good performance in the second half. Jack (Hendry) gets the touch, Scott puts it in with whatever part of his body I’m not quite sure.

“It wasn’t his hand or his arms so it counts. It doesn’t matter how you put them in, so long as you do.”

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Darren Jackson thinks Celtic missed out by not signing Lyndon Dykes .
Former Celtic striker Darren Jackson is surprised that the Bhoys did not put in a summer bid for Australia-born Scotland star Lyndon Dykes. Dykes signed for English side QPR in 2020, whilst Celtic instead opted for West Ham flop Albian Ajeti – paying more than QPR did for Dykes – with Dykes having gone on to star in the Championship and for his country. Although born down under, Dykes was eligible to star for Scotland on the international stage and has gone on to do just that, managing to score in consecutive World Cup qualifying games for Scotland.

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