Scotland: Macedonia's Cedomir Janevski confident for Hampden

Macedonia coach Cedomir Janevski


Hampden Park, Glasgow
Tuesday, 11 September
2000 BST
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Macedonia head coach Cedomir Janevski says running Croatia close on Friday has given his side renewed confidence as they prepare to face Scotland.

"We played very well against Croatia," he said of the 1-0 defeat following Nikica Jelavic's second-half winner.

"Even though we didn't take anything from that game, we now have more confidence."

After the Macedonians lost to the top seeds in Group A, Scotland were held 0-0 at home by Serbia.

"Regarding the attacks, Scotland had opportunities to win the game," suggested former Club Brugge and Red Star Belgrade coach Janevski.

"But we had the same problem against Croatia. It's football.

"The chances you create, you have to score. Without scoring goals, you can't win the game.

Nikica Jelavic celebrates after scoring the winner against Macedonia in Zagreb
Nikica Jelavic celebrates after scoring the winner against Macedonia in Zagreb

"I don't know if they can play better or not. They have potential to beat everyone at home."

Macedonia lost 2-0 on their only other visit to Hampden, in 2010, but enjoyed a 1-0 home victory over the Scots in the first game of that World Cup campaign.

"Scotland might be favourites at home for this game, but we have confidence from the last game and we will try for a good performance and to take the points also from Glasgow," he said.

"We know that playing against Scotland when they are at home is not an easy game for anybody.

"I saw the game against Serbia on Saturday and they are a very compact team.

"They have some experience and young players, with a lot of character.

"They also have the supporters behind them and their help is like a 12th player.

"They have very good counter-attacks and they are dangerous at dead balls.

"It's going to be a tough game, but we also have our ambitions.

"I have confidence in my players. They are motivated and that gives me a good feeling."

Janevski thinks Belgium are favourites for Group A along with Croatia but suggests that Scotland, along with Wales and his own side, are improving.

The 51-year-old Macedonian, who replaced Welshman John Toshack as boss last month, says his ambitions for the section have not changed after their performance against Croatia.

"Before the start of this qualification, our motivation was to go into every game and have a good performance," he said.

"It's a tournament of 10 games and we want to get as many points as possible. But where we will get those points, I don't know."

Macedonia squad

Goalkeepers: Martin Bogatinov (Karpaty Lviv), Tome Pacovski (Mechelen), Kristijan Naumovski (Dinamo Bucuresti)

Defenders: Daniel Georgievski (Steaua Bucuresti), Goran Popov (West Brom), Nikolce Noveski (Mainz), Boban Grncarov (Botev Plovdiv), Vance Sikov (Volyn Lutsk), Aleksandar Lazevski (Partizan), Daniel Mojsov (Vojvodina)

Midfielders: Velice Sumulikoski (Tianjin Teda), Ostoja Stjepanovic (Vardar), Nikola Gligorov (Alki Larnaca), Darko Tasevski (Ironi Kiryat Shmona), Muhamed Demiri (Thun), Agim Ibraimi (Maribor)

Forwards: Ivan Trickovski (Club Brugge), Stevica Ristic (Suwon), Goran Pandev (Napoli), Ferhan Hasani (Wolfsburg), Dragan Gjorgiev (Vardar), Mirko Ivanovski (Astra Ploiesti), Aleksandar Trajkovski (Zulte Waregem)

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