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Armstrong is eager to make amends

 

Moving on: Stuart Armstrong
Moving on: Stuart Armstrong

By Gavin McCafferty

Stuart Armstrong aims to seize the chance to make up for Scotland's poor start to their Euro 2020 qualifying group.

Scotland are playing catch-up after a 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan and a 2-0 win in San Marino proved insufficient to keep Alex McLeish in a job.

Steve Clarke has stepped in as manager and Armstrong believes they must kick off his reign with victory when they host Cyprus tomorrow.

The Southampton midfielder said: "It's a home game, we need to put pressure on ourselves to win games. That's what we are here to do. It was a very disappointing start, we don't want to hide away from the fact that it was an unacceptable performance.

"It's a great chance to make amends, albeit against a good team which we shouldn't underestimate. But we must have belief in ourselves to go in with that level of excitement and enjoy playing football and get something from it.

"With the new manager there is going to be that level of freshness and an element of change but we still have a lot of belief."

Armstrong goes into the double-header against Cyprus and Belgium on the back of his first season in the Premier League following his move from Celtic.

After taking time to force his way into the Southampton starting line-up, the 27-year-old ultimately made 19 starts and came off the bench 14 times, scoring four goals in the process.

He said: "It takes time to adapt and go into a different league. I have learned a few things, experiencing different types of games, more physical games, sometimes faster games."

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