No regrets says Scotland coach
Despite watching his team slip to a 1-0 defeat in Friday's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Czech Republic, Scottish boss Craig Levein maintains that he has no regrets about deploying his controversial defensive formation.
The Scots went for a 4-6-0 formation with no central striker as Levein opted for an ultra cautious setup. The visitors' defensive approach appeared to be working until Roman Bednar knocked Tomas Rosicky's corner into the path of Roman Hubnik to nod home the winner after 69 minutes.
It was a well-deserved victory for Michal Bilek's side, who dominated possession and had several chances to score. It was Scotland's first defeat of the qualifying campaign and leaves them on four points after three matches with a match against World Champions Spain, who top Group I after a 3-1 win over Lithuania, to come on Tuesday.
But despite the Czechs punishing their negative approach Levein brushed aside suggestions he should have played a different formation.
"I picked a system and thought it was working very well. We lost a goal to a set-piece but I can't fault the lads for what they did." Remarked Levein.
"We restricted them for the majority of the game but unfortunately we didn't defend properly at a set-piece and it cost us.
"I was happy with the system. Obviously the whole game plan was not to lose a goal and when we lose the goal everything changes, of course. I think there were some pretty good performances out there and they certainly ran themselves into the ground," the Scotland coach said.
Levein has, however, expressed that the tactical approach for the upcoming game at Hampden against World Champions Spain will be a different one.
"We've got a game on Tuesday and it gives us the chance to try and bounce back from this defeat. There will be a different system on Tuesday." He said.
Steven Naismith, who tracked back from the wing throughout to help his defence defended his manager's approach.
"It's great in hindsight saying if we had played a different formation then we would have got a result. The manager had a gameplan and I thought up until the goal we were doing quite well and defending solidly enough and unfortunately it was a set-piece which got the goal for them."