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Sport Steve Clarke tempers Scotland 'free flowing' expectation and pays touching tribute to Lyndon Dykes

02:30  13 october  2021
02:30  13 october  2021 Source:   dailyrecord.co.uk

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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 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.

QPR striker Lyndon Dykes spared his side's blushes by scoring a very late winner. Scotland can secure a World Cup playoff spot if they beat Moldova next time out. Scotland 's World Cup destiny remains in their own hands - but they'll have to do far better with their feet next month after escaping embarrassment against the lowly Faroe Islands thanks to Lyndon Dykes ' late strike. Steve Clarke 's team were heading for a potentially disastrous draw until the QPR forward scored in his fourth straight qualifier.

Steve Clarke was all for taking the positives after Scotland left it late to beat the Faroe Islands.

Clarke 's team went from one extreme against Israel to another in Torshavn as they delivered a dreary display for the most part.

They were slow, slack and indecisive against a Faroes team who seemed to know exactly how to play them.

Craig Gordon kept the Scots in the game with a few fine saves but it was ultimately Lyndon Dykes who once again grabbed the headlines with a late winner.

Clarke had said before the game it was going to be tough and the boss repeated that message as he spoke to Sky Sports after the game.

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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.

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. Scotland 's Lyndon Dykes after missing his penalty against Israel. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group). 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.

He said: "It was a tough night. Just what we expected to be honest.

"They were good first half, put us on the back foot and made us nervous.

"We have to learn to control it a little bit better. We relied on Craig Gordon who made one unbelievable save and showed great hands all night.

"Second half we had a better control of the game. We defended better and created some chances we should have scored before we got the goal."

Dykes' strike moved Scotland to within one win of a World Cup qualification playoff and they can seal it against Moldova with a win next month.

Clarke is aware his side's display didn't match the levels they reached against Israel at Hampden on Saturday.

But he was relieved to see them come away with three points thanks to another late winner.

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Scotland boss Steve Clarke has singled out Arsenal star Kieran Tierney for special praise ahead of tonight's crunch World Cup qualifier with Faroe Islands. The 24-year-old defender, who hails from Muirhouse, has been in inspirational form in the dark blue of late and another standout display in Saturday's last-gasp 3-2 win over Israel drew huge plaudits from his gaffer. While Clarke gave huge plaudits to his entire squad for their spirited comeback under the Saturday night lights at Hampden, Tierney was given special mention during the pre-match press conference.

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.

He added: "We need patience, belief and keep plugging away. You're not always going to win in a free flowing style, maybe like we did second half Saturday when everyone was excited.

"This was about showing a different side and grinding out the win - three points is three points just like it was on Saturday.

"We'll try and be better next month, but let's not be too sad about it. It's six points, four wins in a row, and we're in a really good position.

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"Now we have to make sure that next month, we finish the job."

He was also full of praise for match-winner Dykes who he is "grateful" to for his commitment to Scotland.

The Australia-born hitman became the first striker in more than 20 years to score in four successive Scotland games.

"Dykes is in a good place and has been a good addition since he chose to play for Scotland," he said.

"We're all grateful to him. He shows his commitment every time he plays for Scotland."

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