Archie Gemmill, Scotland coach: "Nigeria are a good team with a lot of talent. I don't blame the goalkeeper (for the second goal). It's just one of those things, and their player wasn't closed down quickly enough. I don't know how many games Nigeria have played, but they may have been a little bit more match fit than us since we haven't had an awful lot of football in the last six weeks."
Ladan Bosso, Nigeria coach: "Scotland lost
their last match 3-1, but you can see that they came out a lot
better today. We are happy to have resisted them and won the match.
You could see that we still struggled a bit with finishing, but we
put in two today and didn't have as many chances as against
Costa Rica, so that's an improvement.
I read the opponents organisation after the first half, and we made a few changes in order to exploit where they were not playing well. If you look at the Scottish team, they are very tall and we were not keeping the ball on the ground enough in the first half. That's why I made the change at half-time. And that changed the game for us, for good. Physically I felt like we were better than them, but tactically and technically it was fairly balanced. Because of our fitness level, I felt like we could beat them. We knew that their goalkeeper was not so flexible, so the best thing for us was to shoot from distance and rush him. And that's how we got the second goal."
Sean Lynch, Scotland forward: "I thought we created the better chances and should have gotten something out of the game. It will be tough to qualify now, but we'll prepare like we usually do, train hard and work on the things we didn't do very well tonight."
Ezekiel Bala, Nigeria forward: "We're very happy with the win because it's a difficult group and it feels great to qualify. I was proud of the way the team kept fighting, especially when we went down a man. We want to emulate the success of the 2005 team and maybe at the same time progress all of our careers."