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Summary

  1. Scotland two points off second place now
  2. Substitute Martin scores late winner
  3. Substitute Anya has weak effort saved
  4. Griffiths forced off injured; Naismith on
  5. Griffiths hits bar & post within a minute
  6. Morrison half-volley just wide for Scots
  7. Martin 'goal' disallowed for pushing

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By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Good night

FT: Scotland 1-0 Slovenia

It was widely billed as Gordon Strachan's last stand and the Scotland manager is still standing.

A good night for Scotland. It's been a while since we said that, so let's enjoy it.

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Scotland 'went to another level'

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More from Gordon Strachan, who has been speaking at his post-match media conference.

"The players did everything they were asked to tonight. They pushed themselves to another level there. I was calm enough, thinking 'what will be, will be'. I was enjoying their performance - technically, fitness wise and their mental strength.

"The points were the most important thing and the performance helps as well. They have a feeling they can compete against any international team now.  It was a proud performance from us all."

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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Best Scotland debut?

High praise for Stuart Armstrong. The Celtic midfielder was full of energy and smart passing and has surely nailed down his place. 

The defence wasn't put under too much pressure but a clean sheet is always welcome and Charlie Mulgrew can be pleased with his return to the side.

Martin 'is in great company' - Strachan

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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan understandably looks a happy, and relieved, man.

"I am very proud, I am delighted for all the players," he tells Sky Sports. "I thought they were magnificent, considering the pressure they were under. They should be really proud of themselves.

"Chris Martin gets a good reception from the players and the staff. That is why we pick him. He is in great company. Kenny Dalglish was booed, so was Gary McAlister, so was Alan Hansen. He must be some player.

"We have got ourselves back in contention and we look forward to the next game now. We can take a lot of things from tonight. These players played extremely well and I think Stuart Armstrong's could be the best Scottish debut I have ever seen."

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Our BBC Sportscene presenter is still backing Leigh Griffiths, who hit the woodwork twice in the first half before hobbling off early in the second half.

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Leigh Griffiths
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Griffiths went close to opening the scoring in a first half dominated by Scotland

'We got what we deserved'

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Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, who impressed on his Scotland debut, told Sky: "It was a good win. We started really well and created a lot of chances, and maybe should have taken one or two of them. But Chris [Martin] comes up with a bit of magic at the end and we get what we deserve.

"I just tried to carry on what I have been doing with Celtic. This puts us in a good position now.  It was a must-win game, we have done that and it is on to the next one [against England at Hampden on 10 June]. We have to approach every game with optimism, believing we can get three points."

Chris Martin and Stuart Armstrong
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Martin and Armstrong combined for the crucial goal at Hampden

'Too much to do'

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Tom English

Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland

I thought Scott Brown did well. Stuart Armstrong was outstanding. Andy Robertson was terrific. This goes back to the point I made earlier - these Scotland players are better than their performances. There was proper substance tonight. I still think it's too late (to qualify), they've left themselves far too much to do.

I just thought 'let it go' - Martin

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Hero-of-the-hour Chris Martin has been speaking to Sky Sports about his winning goal. 

"Stuart [Armstrong] found me in a little bit of space, I had a nice touch and I just thought 'let it go'.  I was delighted to see it go into the corner. The manager sent me on thinking I might be able to get a goal and I am delighted to repay his faith in me. Hopefully it sends the fans home happy."

Chris Martin
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That was Martin's third Scotland goal in 12 appearances

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Here's how the table looks now.

A three-way fight for second? 

I don't want to be a downer but remember that it's eight of the nine runners-up who progress to the play-offs and this looks like it could be a real cutthroat section.

Group F
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If Chris Martin was unpopular before he will be even more so now with most of Scotland's fans. That goal now inflicts Gordon Strachan on us for even longer. This game changes nothing.

Fergie, Aberdeen

Thought Stuart Armstrong was excellent tonight and his play to get Chris Martin the goal was the difference between sides.

Owen

How Scott Brown is captain and has played the full game, I'll never know. Awful, awful player.

Vic, Glasgow

Embarrassing from the Scotland fans booing Chris Martin coming on as a sub. Delighted that he got the winning goal.

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What next?

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We've got some time to wait for the next game; the small matter of England visiting Hampden on 10 June.

It's going to mean something after tonight's win but Scotland can't afford to lose any more ground in this section.

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Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

If they can take three points from the England game then we do have a chance of finishing second. We did perform well, not as well in the second half but we couldn't expect it to be as good as the first half. One thing you can say about Chris Martin is he can sniff a chance, even if he didn't hit it very well, the goalkeeper should have done better

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Jim Douglas: "If we could find a centre half and a striker, this might actually be quite a decent​ team."  

Stuart Gunn : "Best Scotland team in a while. First half performance was good but second half was flat. Deserved win in the end."  

Sneaks: "Went flat second half. Wrong substitutions all be it Martin scored."

Stuart Randall: "Tierney and Armstrong superb. The former strolling it and new position. Slovenia rotten though." 

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How will those fans who booed goalscorer Chris Martin when he came off the bench be feeling now?

Scotland celebrate Chris Martin's winning goal
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Scotland celebrate Chris Martin's winning goal

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Scotland nudge up a place to fourth in Group F, leapfrogging Lithuania.

Gordon Strachan's men are two points behind Slovakia in second place, with Slovenia dropping to third.

England are out in front.

'A deserved victory'

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Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Hampden

"And relax. As Scotland were staring another qualification exit square in the face and up pops Chris Martin. Great build-up play from Armstrong and Gordon Strachan's men get what they deserve."

FULL-TIME Scotland 1-0 Slovenia

It was must-win and Scotland delivered - just. Chris Martin knocking in an 88th-minute winner, which is just about deserved after a thrilling first half display.

The game appeared to be fizzling out in a low key second 45 minutes but Scotland kept at it and were eventually rewarded.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

The three minutes of stoppage time are almost up as it gets a bit feisty. 

Just see this out. Nothing daft...

FULL-TIME Malta 1-3 Slovakia

Slovakia take all three points, with both sides finishing with 10 men; Adam Nemec sent off in time added on for the visitors.

'It's a deserved goal'

Scotland 1-0 Slovenia

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

I don't think Oblak will want to see that again but Martin was in the right place at the right time. It is a deserved goal.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

Scotland captain Scott Brown collapses to the turf. Cramp or is he just at it? The Slovenians are not happy as he slowly gets back to his feet.

GOAL Scotland 1-0 Slovenia

Chris Martin, 88 mins

Get in! Stuart Armstrong threads a lovely pass through a forest of legs to Chris Martin in the penalty area and the big striker takes a nice touch before getting off an early shot.

It takes a wee deflection and Jan Oblak is left flat-footed as the ball sneaks in at the far post.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

More boos from the Tartan Army and this time fully deserved as skipper Scott Brown plays a pass straight out of play from the centre of the pitch.

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It's not nice to hear the fans booing a sub coming on. Chris Martin is an old fashioned centre forward who always gives his all

Billy Dodds Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

Gordon Strachan's last throw of the dice. Chris Martin is on to lend Steven Naismith a hand up front, replacing James Morrison. 

A few jeers from the home fans.

GOAL Malta 1-3 Slovakia

Adam Nemec

Adam Nemec makes it 3-1 to Slovakia and surely seals the three points. 

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Strachan has to go! Derek McInnes could pick a team of the left overs and beat this side! It's embarrassing

Gary Wilson

Time running out for Scotland

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Hampden

Another chance gone - this time Anya. How many more will Scotland get? They have just over 10 minutes to salvage any qualification hopes. 

RED CARD Malta 1-2 Slovakia

Jean Farrugia, 78 mins

Any hope of a late Malta goal looks to have vanished, with Malta's goalscorer Jean Farrugia given a second yellow card for handball.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

A chance for Ikechi Anya straight away as James Morrison knocks Steven Naismith's lofted pass into the substitute's feet. He has time to steady himself but his shot from 16 yards is easily gathered by Jan Oblak.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

Robert Snodgrass blazes a shot high and wide and that's his last act. On comes Ikechi Anya to inject some pace to the Scotland midfield.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

The hosts are floating in far too many nothing crosses from deep areas and Jan Oblak is just gobbling everything up. It's far too easy for the Atletico Madrid keeper.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

Gordon Strachan must now be thinking of a change. If you're going to go out, you may as well go out in a blaze of glory. If you're going to make a positive change, then put Ikechi Anya on for Kieran Tierney. But James Forrest hasn't been at his best.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

Slovenia have a striker on the park again as Robert Beric of Saint-Etienne comes on for former AC Milan midfielder Valter Birsa.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

Billy Dodds

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

They're getting to that stage where with 25 minutes to go, Slovenia are thinking 'this point is good.' They're not committing too many men forward. They're waiting for a counter attack.

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Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Hampden

"Signs that Scotland are getting more anxious here as the clocks ticks down. Some of the fluidity has gone from the midfield and it's turning scrappy. The Slovenians are seeing more of the ball and never look in a hurry."

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

That's three deliveries in a row from Robert Snodgrass that have sailed straight to the keeper. He needs to do better than that.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

Andy Robertson is still getting forward at every opportunity. The Hull City full-back has an impressive engine on him. He lays the ball back for Robert Snodgrass at the edge of the box but the final cross is far too close to big goalie Jan Oblak.

Scotland 0-0 Slovenia

And another Slovenia yellow card, with Valter Birsa sweeping the legs away from James Morrison.

He will miss the next match against Malta.