Levein lifted by makeshift Scotland's Pittodrie stroll
Scotland 3 Faroe Islands 0
Wednesday 17 November 2010
Danny Wilson, Kris Commons and Jamie Mackie all netted their first international goals as Scotland claimed a convincing win over the Faroe Islands at Pittodrie last night.
Liverpool defender Wilson and Barry Bannan made their debuts from the start, while James McArthur, Cammy Bell, Craig Bryson, Steven Saunders and David Goodwillie also picked up first caps as manager Craig Levein made full use of the friendly to assess the players at his disposal. The victory saw the Scots return to winning ways after back-to-back European qualifying defeats against Czech Republic and Spain.
The Scots' breakthrough in Aberdeen came after 24 minutes when Charlie Adam's corner was met by Wilson, who lashed into the net from the edge of the six-yard box. They doubled their lead when another corner from Adam was partially cleared but he managed to pick out Commons at the near post and the Derby midfielder sent a clever left-foot flick over the line.
Bannan then hit the post with a long-range shot before Mackie added the third on the stroke of half-time.
Scotland (4-4-2): Gordon (Sunderland); Bardsley (Sunderland), S Caldwell (Wigan), Wilson (Liverpool), Crainey (Blackpool); Commons (Derby County), Bannan (Aston Villa), Fletcher (Manchester United), Adam (Blackpool); Maloney (Celtic), Mackie (QPR). Substitutes McArthur (Wigan) for Adam, 55; Kenneth (Dundee United) for Wilson, 61; Bell (Kilmarnock) for Gordon , 68; Bryson (Kilmarnock) for Fletcher, 68; Saunders (Motherwell) for Bardsley, 71; Goodwillie (Dundee United) for Commons, 76.
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