Under-pressure Scotland manager George Burley praised the team and fans for playing their part in a win which kept the Scots in with a chance of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

Scott Brown and James McFadden scored in a 2-0 win over Macedonia at Hampden and Burley told Sky Sports 1: "It was a great team performance and that includes everybody - the whole of Scotland, the fans, they really spurred us on.

"Overall I thought the atmosphere was really tremendous. Trying to get to the World Cup finals is never easy but they did the country proud today."

It was a great team performance and that includes everybody - the whole of Scotland, the fans, they really spurred us on.

George Burley

It was not all good news for Burley though, as a booking for McFadden means he will be ruled out of Wednesday's game against Group 9 winners Holland, while Brown had to be substituted late on after picking up a knock. Of McFadden, Burley said: "I don't know what really happened. That was unfortunate.

"It gives other people opportunities. Shaun Maloney came on and did really well but I thought the passion and commitment from the team and the fans was tremendous."

Brown admitted he had not expected his near-post header to provide him with his first goal for Scotland. He said: "I didn't actually know I'd scored, I just flicked it on and hoped for the best. We kept the ball well in the second half and we deserved the win."

Brown also added he hoped his ankle would recover in time for Wednesday, saying: "I hope so, we'll see." Burley said: "He's very key and we think the world of Scott, but it's another three days away so fingers crossed."