There were mixed fortunes for the home nations in last nights Euro 2020 qualifying games. Northern Ireland triumphed 1-0 away in Belarus, Wales suffered back to back defeats losing 0-1 away in Hungary and Scotland were beaten 3-0 away in Belgium.
O`Neill`s side won thanks to a late goal from Paddy McNair who scored his first international goal. That result puts Northern Ireland top of Group C with four straight wins. Their next two games in the Autumn will be tough with a double header against Germany and Holland.
Ryan Giggs admitted his Wales side will probably need to win all of their remaining qualifying games to reach the Euro 2020 competition. Wales conceeded the only goal of the game on 80 minutes which leaves them six points behind group leaders Hungary albeit having played one game less.
Giggs once again bemoaned his sides poor finishing and defensive errors.
“In both games, you have to take your chances at this level. If you don’t, this is what happens,” said Giggs.
“Soft goals we gave away in both games. Again, you can’t do that as this level.
“We pride ourselves on our defending as a team, making sure that first of all we are hard to beat – that was the bedrock of the success over the last three or four years, making sure we don’t concede goals.
“We have got the players to hurt teams but it’s no good having the players without putting the ball in the back of the net.”
Scotland manager, Steve Clarke believes his side have “grown a little bit” despite losing 3-0 to the worlds number one side, Belgium. Two goals from Romelu Lukaku and a late Kevin De Bruyne goal sealed Belgium’s victory.
Romelu Lukaku has scored 25 goals in his past 21 appearances for Belgium, including eight in his past six.
Clarke said afterwards “We have things to work on but the overall feeling I have is that we have grown a little bit as a squad of players already and in the next camp we should grow again.”
This defeat leaves Scotland mid table on six points after four games.