Strachan delighted with 'incredible' first win with Scotland

The Tartan Army won in the former midfielder's managerial bow at international level, and the 55-year-old praised his side's ability to cope with poor conditions at Pittodrie
Gordon Strachan has described leading Scotland out as an 'incredible experience" as the Tartan Army won his first game in charge against Estonia on Wednesday evening.

Charlie Mulgrew's first international goal was enough to seal the tie on a sub-standard Pittodrie pitch, to the delight fo the former midfielder, who amassed 50 caps as a player with Scotland.

Strachan's side resume their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign with a home tie against Wales next month and the new coach saw plenty of positives to take into that game in Wednesday's win.

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He told reporters: "I'm glad it's all over because in 40 years of football that is probably the most excited and nervous I have been before a game in my life.

"I didn't know how I would feel when I first took charge of the team. Now I know. It was an incredible experience.

"I don't think I expected that. I thought I had done nearly everything in the game, played everywhere, and it kind of blew me away really.

"I've been in the Champions League, I have had to beat AC Milan, Barcelona, Man United, and it wasn't like that.

"There were some good individual performances. Everybody knows how the pitch was, it was a problem sometimes.

"You could see the players who have played more regularly and that's got to be a problem for us. The guys who played regularly did a good job.

"Players were picking up good positions but we need to find them earlier. But overall I thought the second half we did really well. It was a horrible day when the surface was bad and they played against a different type of player.

"There was a lot to like and we made chances."