Scotland boss Steve Clarke was elated after last night’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Israel at Hampden and insisted he never doubted Lyndon Dykes would come good despite his penalty miss.
The big striker fluffed his lines from 12 yards just before the break before finally drawing Scotland level in the second-half – although there was an anxious wait for VAR to reinstate the goal after the Polish referee initially ruled it out for a foul by Dykes.
Clarke told how he never really spoke to Dykes about the miss but reminded his teammates of their responsibilty to “make it a better night” for the QPR striker in the second 45.
“I didn’t say too much to Lyndon. He scored a big, big penalty for us in Austria but didn’t get this one, Clarke said.
“I said to the lads, this is down to you now to make it a better night for Lyndon. I never doubt Lyndon – you see his desire at the second goal when their lad tried to con the referee.
“VAR has spoken in our favour again. I was confident it was a goal because I was getting signals from the technical area that it was clean contact.
“Eventually we got the winning goal although we left it a little bit late for everybody’s blood pressure.
“And you saw the reaction in the crowd, the fact 50,000 stayed right to the death. You enjoy yourselves but not too much. That’s one cup final out the way but now we dust ourselves down and go again in the Faroes.”
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