Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Kenny Miller defends Scotland's’ tactics

Kenny Miller has backed Craig Levein's tactics in Lithuania as he claimed only a better final ball was missing from one of the most dominant away performances the Scotland striker can remember.



Some observers fear Levein missed a good chance to take three points by failing to adopt a more ambitious approach as the game developed.

However, Miller feels the 4-5-1 formation and the players' work rate allowed Scotland to dominate.

"We played with one up front but you saw in the first half how high we pressed the ball and how hard we worked to try to get the ball back as soon as we lost it,” he said.

"That's the way you have to play. The energy we've got in the midfield with Fletch (Darren Fletcher) and Broony (Scott Brown) in particular in the middle and wee Naisy (Steven Naismith) out wide, you have got to play like that.”

Miller had Scotland's best chance when he headed Barry Robson's cross straight at the goalkeeper while Naismith failed to make the most of two decent opportunities.

"I had a header in the second half and tried to get a power and guide it towards the corner, but unfortunately it never happened and it went straight to the keeper,” added Miller.

"Wee Naisy in the last 10 minutes, if he gets his touch right and gets his shot away, you would fancy him to score. But on a bobbly pitch the ball got stuck under his feet.

"It wasn't to be, the final pass and the final ball could have been a wee bit better.”