Scotland fans ‘completely correct’ to boo, admits Andy Robertson
After losing their World Cup play-off semi-final to Ukraine at Hampden Park, the Scots began their Nations League campaign with a 2-0 home win over Armenia.
The result and performance gave Steve Clarke’s men confidence for the trip to Dublin to play an Irish side who had lost their opening two League B Group One games and indeed were looking for their first ever Nations League win.
But the home side dominated from the start and goals from Alan Browne and Troy Parrott gave them a deserved interval lead before Michael Obafemi, making his first international start, thundered in a third early in the second half.
Skipper Robertson conceded the performance was “nowhere good enough” and said the Scotland fans were right to vent their frustration.
He told Premier Sports: “To the fans behind the goal booing us off, completely correct.
“We know they travel a long way, we know they pay a lot of money and that performance is nowhere near good enough in a Scotland jersey.
“We will need to assess as a team, we will need to assess individually and we have to hit the reset button because everything was good last year, but this year the performances haven’t quite been up to scratch as of yet.
“We knew they were under pressure, two defeats in the first two and they were probably getting questioned.
“We had to weather the storm, but we didn’t do it.
“We gave them easy corners, win big tackles which got the crowd up and that set the tone for the game and unfortunately we didn’t get into the game until we were 3-0 down.
“The overall performance was nowhere good enough and not good enough for a Scotland jersey.”
Robertson believes Scotland need to get back to the level of consistency shown in the eight unbeaten games before the Ukraine defeat.
He said: “It can’t keep being one performance and trying to pick them up or trying to rally them.
“We need to get back to being consistent, which we were really good at last year.
“Today, I don’t think anyone played above par which, when you come to places like this, is nowhere good enough.
“Some words were said in the dressing room and rightly so, but the manager, coaches and all the players, we are all together, but some things have to be said and we have to reset and go on a good run.
“It can’t be one good performance then one bad performance, that’s not what we have built under this manager and that’s what we need to get back to, doing the basics correctly.”
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