Scotland's Chris Martin: We kept believing

Scotland players celebrate as Martin Skrtel of Slovakia scores an own goal for their first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Scotland and Slovakia at Hampden

Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Thursday, beating 10-man Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park with a goal in the dying seconds. We have worked very, very hard in this campaign to get to a point like this and we didn't want to throw it away.

As Scotland turned the screw, substitute Chris Martin and Leigh Griffiths both hit the crossbar with strikes after the break and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka continued with a remarkable performance to keep the home side at bay.

Midway through the first half Martin Dubravka in the Slovakia goal produced an eye-catching save to keep out a headed effort from Christophe Berra but the key moment came in the 23rd minute when Robert Mak was shown a second yellow card for simulation.

So thanks for the favour, now if you would kindly forget how to play football so we can go to Russian Federation instead, that would be great.

"We've only done half the job", said Fletcher, 33. We've just got to see it over for one last game but then we've got a play-off after that so there's still a long way to go.

"A great performance", said Fletcher.

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After holding out for victory Gordon Strachan's men now know that three points in Slovenia on Sunday will secure a qualification play-off spot. Like literally anything. I'll be honest, I've got nearly no opinion on Lithuania v England, beyond vaguely wondering why anybody would choose to watch that over the hugely significant games happening elsewhere.

They know they must now carry that feeling into the weekend and that bid to claim the victory that will take them into the play-offs for a place at the finals in Russian Federation next year.

Despite the added pressure of Sunday's crucial game, Strachan insists no major changes have been made to Scotland's preparations, but admitted to the threat the Slovenian's will pose.

"It means as much to everybody, it means as much to the whole country, I'm just a small part in that".

You have got to have the fitness to have the mental strength, otherwise, you have a weakness. You can be too up for it as well.

Who would you have in your Scotland starting XI for the game against Slovenia?

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