Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Steve Clarke buoyed by Scotland's resilience in late victory

Scotland struggled to breakdown Cyprus on Saturday, but Steve Clarke was pleased by his side's gritty win in his first game in charge.

Oliver Burke scored a late winner for Scotland   -  Getty Images

Steve Clarke believes there were plenty of positives for Scotland to take after Oliver Burke's late winner against Cyrpus.

Clarke looked to be heading for a lacklustre draw in his first match in charge of Scotland, with Ioannis Kousoulos' 87th-minute header having cancelled out a stunning strike from Andrew Robertson. But substitute Burke came to the rescue two minutes later to lift Scotland onto six points in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I.

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Group favourite and leader Belgium is up next for Clarke's side, which sits third, level on points with Russia after three games played.

And though he acknowledged that Scotland's play — which was at times sluggish and toothless — will not change until he has had more time with the team, Clarke is feeling buoyant ahead of Tuesday's trip to Belgium.

"The way we showed character to bounce back gives us good hope for the future," he told Sky Sports. "I've only had seven training sessions, so it won't change overnight. I've given the lads a lot of information and I think some of them have taken it on too literally.

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"It was a game we couldn't afford to lose and we handled that pressure. I thought we did okay. At 1-0, I thought we were comfortable but we switched off from a set play. It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves but the players showed great resilience and that's a good sign.

"I'm confident we have a group players who will certainly make it a difficult night for Belgium. A lot of things to be pleased about and a lot of things to work on."

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