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February 7, 2013 3:45 AM SGT
Pittodrie Stadium — Aberdeen
Referee:‬ C. Turpin‎
Attendance:‬ 16102‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Scotland 1-0 Estonia

The Gordon Strachan era got off to a winning start as Charlie Mulgrew's first-half strike fired the Tartan Army to victory as they looked to salvage their World Cup hopes

By Matthew Harold

  • Allan McGregor
    0
    0
    2.50

    Allan McGregor

    The stopper was troubled more by the Pittodrie surface than he was by the Estonia front line, as they rarely put him under any sort of pressure.

  • Alan Hutton
    0
    0
    2.00

    Alan Hutton

    Still doesn't look anywhere near fit and it showed with some of his passing, which was woeful at times as he overhit deliveries time and time again.

  • Andy Webster
    0
    0
    2.50

    Andy Webster

    The more immobile of the central defensive pairing but the Hearts skipper did offer his experience and know-how to get Scotland out of some tricky situations.

  • Christophe Berra
    0
    0
    3.00

    Christophe Berra

    Looked really comfortable at the back, which has been a rare thing for him recently in a dark blue jersey, as the Estonians offered him little trouble.

  • Charles Mulgrew
    0
    0
    3.50

    Charles Mulgrew

    Claimed the first goal of the Strachan regime as he got on the end of an Adam free kick. Looked solid at left-back and tried to offer as much support to the forwards as possible.

  • Charlie Adam
    0
    0
    2.50

    Charlie Adam

    Starting to find a bit of form but still lacking with some of his passes. He was more able to create from set-pieces, playing in Mulgrew for the opener. Made way for McArthur.

  • Chris Burke
    0
    0
    4.00

    Chris Burke Top of the Match

    Had a wonderful return to the international scene as he looked to make the right wing his own with some superb runs which will no doubt have him in the reckoning for future games. Was replaced at half-time by Snodgrass.

  • Scott Brown
    0
    0
    3.50

    Scott Brown

    Took over the captain's armband and led by example, covering almost every blade of grass on the Pittodrie surface. He was a good shield for the defence behind him throughout the game. Replaced by Morrison in the second half.

  • Steven Fletcher
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Fletcher

    Played the lone-striker role well for the first half, getting a couple of chances. However, he looked more lively once Rhodes came on to support him. Was brought off midway through the second half, with Miller in his place.

  • Shaun Maloney
    0
    0
    3.50

    Shaun Maloney

    Along with Burke, the Wigan midfielder showed why he should be included more regularly in the international reckoning, with a couple of chances to get a goal before being replaced by Rhodes at the break.

  • Steven Naismith
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven Naismith

    Was probably one of the most quiet players in the Scotland side, as he offered little down the left wing, not being able to get forward as much as he would have liked. Was brought off for Commons in the latter stages.

Substitutions

  • James Morrison
    0
    0
    2.50

    James Morrison

    Came on for Brown and took over his work in the Scotland engine room

  • Kris Commons
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kris Commons

    Replaced Naismith late on.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    0
    1
    2.50

    Robert Snodgrass

    Replaced Burke at half-time but did not offer the same level of threat going forward as the Birmingham City midfielder.

  • James McArthur
    0
    0
    2.50

    James McArthur

    A replacement for Adam as Scotland boss Starchan rang the changes.

  • Jordan Rhodes
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jordan Rhodes

    A half-time replacement for Maloney and could have had a couple of goals as the Blackburn frontman was a constant threat.

  • Kenny Miller
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kenny Miller

    Replaced Fletcher midway through the second half as Scotland looked to see out the game.

  • Sergei Pareiko
    0
    0
    1.50

    Sergei Pareiko

    Did not inspire confidence in his team-mates as he continually punched the ball and came out for crosses to which he was never going to get anywhere near.

  • Enar Jaager
    0
    0
    2.50

    Enar Jaager

    Not as troubled as Teniste on the other side of the pitch, as the ball rarely found Naismith on the left wing.

  • Igor Morozov
    0
    0
    1.50

    Igor Morozov Flop of the Match

    Clearly loves a challenge, with most of his involvement in the game being that of giving away fouls, continually bringing Fletcher to the ground. Lucky not to see red with the amount of ill-timed challenges that he made.

  • Ragnar Klavan
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ragnar Klavan

    Tested mostly in the second half when Rhodes came on for Scotland and they looked to launch the ball long to the frontman.

  • Taijo Teniste
    0
    0
    2.50

    Taijo Teniste

    Had a couple of long-range efforts but could not find a way past McGregor. Also found Burke a handful as he looked to get forward and must have been delighted to see Snodgrass come on at the break.

  • Konstantin Vassiljev
    0
    0
    2.50

    Konstantin Vassiljev

    Had one good moment when he played in Kink for a chance in the first half but did little more than that as Estonia were overrun in the midfield area.

  • Sergei Mošnikov
    0
    0
    2.00

    Sergei Mošnikov

    Another who could not give his side anything going forward and offered little in the way of support.

  • Sander Puri
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sander Puri

    Tried to get down the right wing and put Mulgrew under pressure but found little change from the Celtic defender. Was eventually brought off for Purje.

  • Tarmo Kink
    0
    0
    3.00

    Tarmo Kink

    Had a superb opportunity to get Estonia into the lead as he went in one-on-one with McGregor but the former Middlesbrough midfielder could not find the finish. Replaced by Luts.

  • Andres Oper
    0
    0
    1.50

    Andres Oper

    The experienced striker offered little for his side as they rarely ventured forward and was substituted at half-time.

  • Henrik Ojamaa
    0
    0
    2.50

    Henrik Ojamaa

    The Motherwell forward looked lively, trying to get forward as much as possible. He had a few opportunities but failed to get in behind the Scotland defence. Kams came on for him late on

Substitutions

  • Gerd Kams
    0
    0
    2.50

    Gerd Kams

    Replaced Ojamaa late on.

  • Ats Purje
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ats Purje

    A replacement for Purj but offered little for the Estonian side.

  • Sim Luts
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sim Luts

    Came on for Kink but could not get into the game enough.

  • Jarmo Ahjupera
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jarmo Ahjupera

    Came on for Oper at half-time and was as ineffective as the player who he replaced.

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