Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Scott Brown left delighted by Scotland's home win

Future hopes: Scott Brown wants 2016 Euros qualification

Skipper Scott Brown was thrilled to see Scotland finally end their wait for a win at Hampden by bringing down the curtain on their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over Croatia.

The last time the national team triumphed at home in a competitive tie was more than two years ago in a European Championships qualifier against Lithuania.

But goals from Robert Snodgrass and Steven Naismith allowed the Scots to continue their recent impressive form in front of the Tartan Army – and claim home and away wins over the section's top seeds.

Brown said: "The main thing was to get that win at home and get the monkey off our backs and we managed to do it well. People kept reminding us of when we last won at home so hopefully that's the end of that now.

"It was a huge win. I think, with the tempo we played at and the way we pressed, we played really well as a team over the 90 minutes.

"Everyone was delighted with the clean sheet as well.

"It's a team game and we are all working really hard defensively as well as going forward.

"The gaffer has instilled that in us and we are trying to do that as well as possible."

After enduring a poor start, which quickly ended hopes of booking a place in Brazil next summer, Scotland claimed nine points from their final four games.

And Brown is keen for Gordon Strachan's men to maintain the momentum and feelgood factor ahead of trying to qualify for the 2016 Euros.

The Celtic midfielder added: "It just builds confidence ahead of the next campaign and it shows that we can win at home as well as away.

"We always knew it was going to be a hard game but to do the double over Croatia is huge. Not a lot of teams will do that.

"We've got the next campaign to look forward to and this squad is getting stronger and stronger.

"Everyone seems to be enjoying playing."