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Scrappy win for Scotland pleases Scott Brown

Match-winner Scott Brown was happy to see Scotland scrape a 1-0 win in Norway after admitting they failed to hit top form.

The skipper grabbed the only goal of the game on the hour mark to claim victory in the friendly in Molde.

He said: "The lads fought and battled all the way.

"We didn't play at our best – we know that – but we got the result and that's what we came for."

The win allowed the momentum from recent matches to continue, albeit the performance was not quite as impressive.

Asked why the Scots were below par, Brown said: "I think the pitch played a big part.

"It was soft and soggy and we couldn't pass the ball as well.

"Fair play, they tried to pass the ball about as well and we gave as good as we got. We got a wee bit of luck with the deflection."

Brown's deflected strike saw him claim his third international goal.

He said: "It was one of those ones – I just hit it and hoped.

"It was a deflection but it went into the back of the net and that's all that matters."

Providing his assessment of the game, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan said: "We were a bit lucky at times.

"We were fortunate we had some great defending and a terrific goalkeeper.

"We feel that we could have done a lot better.

"We never really got going in the first-half.

"We played so far away from each other that it was difficult to put a combination of passes together, particularly on a rough surface.

"We were better in the second-half, but they played well and played an interesting system.

"Their players, on the night as individuals, probably did better than ours."

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