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Scotland boss Levein looking to move on from heavy USA defeat

The national manager refused to dwell on his team's Landon Donovan-inspired 5-1 defeat in Jacksonville and conceded that the hosts were by far the better side in Florida

Scotland manager Craig Levein admitted that he is keen to move on after seeing his side suffer a heavy 5-1 friendly defeat at the hands of the USA.

Landon Donovan hit a hat-trick as the hosts ran rampant in Jacksonville and the visiting boss was disappointed at the scoreline.

“I think it was evident tonight there was one team out there who were focused and were ready to take the game, and another one who looked like they had finished the season and had nothing to play for," he told the press after the match.

“But I've got to recognise that the USA played very well tonight. They started the game very quickly and before we knew it we're two goals down. We didn't give ourselves a chance in the match tonight.

“We got back in the game. We got to half-time and we probably should have been more behind to be honest. We were hoping that in the second half we would get a boost, but again we lost an early goal.”

Despite the nature of the loss, the Scotland boss is hoping all involved can take it "on the chin" and is backing his side to respond.

"I’ve been here before as a coach. It happens sometimes. Our team have been excellent recently, some great results," he continued.

“We'll take that one on the chin and be much better next time out.

“For professional football players there's only three things that can happen. You can win, you can draw or you can lose. Tonight we lost.

“It's nothing we've never experienced before but losing five goals is disappointing.”


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