Euro 2016: Gordon Strachan hails Scotland's 'best game' of reign

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
"I don't care who you are - if you're only 1-0 up with five or ten minutes to go, then it starts getting a bit hairy." - Gordon Strachan

Gordon Strachan says Scotland produced their best game of his reign in the 1-0 win against Georgia.

The Scots recorded their first victory in Euro 2016 qualifying through Akaki Khubutia's own goal at Ibrox.

"That's the best hour, 65 minutes that we've had as a football team since I've been here," said the Scotland manager.

"I didn't know the players could play that type of free-flowing football, with such ease, and break down a good side."

Scotland enjoyed the majority of possession and forced Georgia goalkeeper Giorgi Loria into a number of impressive saves.

But despite creating a number of chances, they only got on the scoresheet once. A powerful shot from Shaun Maloney was saved but then struck Khubutia to spin into the net for an own goal.

The victory comes following the opening 2-1 defeat by Germany in which Strachan's men put up a strong fight in the second half.

"The onus is on you; it's different in Germany when you have to rely on breakaways," said the Scotland boss.

But Strachan was pleased with the way his men held their nerve to take three points against Georgia.

Scotland celebrate the breakthrough goal at Ibrox
Scotland celebrate the breakthrough goal at Ibrox

"I don't care who you are - if you're only 1-0 up with five or ten minutes to go, then it starts getting a bit hairy," he said.

"They threw people forward. And, to that extent, I thought our two centre halves were absolutely fantastic."

Scott Brown, who missed the defeat by Germany through injury, skippered the side as Darren Fletcher watched the game from the bench. Strachan described Brown's display as "awesome".

Scotland now travel to Poland for their next qualifier on Tuesday.

"The game against Poland is different but you still have to pass the ball, move it and play with energy," added Strachan.

"Tactically, it might be a wee bit different but I can't see it being too much of a difference."

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