Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Levein not down-hearted as Sweden beat Scotland

Sweden 3 Scotland 0

Craig Levein refused to read too much into his first defeat as Scotland manager and is confident there will be a vast improvement in next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Lithuania and Liechtenstein.

Sweden were comfortable winners as goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Emir Bajrami and Ola Toivonen gave them a deserved 3-0 victory against a makeshift Scotland side in Stockholm.

Levein had six withdrawals ahead of last night’s friendly, having already lost first-choice goalkeeper Craig Gordon and defender Gary Caldwell to injury beforehand, and he claimed the loss was simply down to lack of experience within Scotland’s ranks.

Levein said: “I'm disappointed overall but I don't want to get too down-hearted about it.

“I feel that there were perfectly valid excuses for our performance this evening.

“I think the lack of experience was evident tonight and part of that was the host of withdrawals. I also decided to have a look at one or two players on top of that.”

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