Scotland boss George Burley praises fans after 2-0 defeat of Macedonia
Published 17:28 05/09/09 By By MirrorFootball
Under-pressure Scotland manager George Burley praised the team and fans for playing their part in a win which kept them in with a shout of World Cup qualification.
Scott Brown and James McFadden scored in a 2-0 win over Macedonia at Hampden, where the atmosphere became increasingly tense in a goalless first half.
Burley, who was widely expected to be sacked if Scotland had lost today, told Sky Sports 1: "It was a great team performance and that includes everybody - the whole of Scotland, the fans, they really spurred us on.
"Overall I thought the atmosphere was really tremendous.
"Trying to get to the World Cup finals is never easy but they did the country proud today."
It was not all good news for Burley though, as a booking for McFadden means he will be ruled out of Wednesday's game against Group Nine winners Holland, while Brown had to be substituted late on after picking up a knock.
Of McFadden, Burley said: "I don't know what really happened. That was unfortunate, it was something that could have been stopped if the referee had more sense.
"It gives other people opportunities. Shaun Maloney came on and did really well but I thought the passion and commitment from the team and the fans was tremendous."