Great result, McClean was superb. Our experience & ability to get results really showing now. Oesterreich were poor on the night, despite probably better players than us overall, and being at home, with a terrible attitude.
In the past, in my experience, even when we had better players, we lost or drew away games like this always, against decent oppo. Our higher standards of game management and expectation, and better coaches are really showing. The experience of the Euros has brought the players/squad on alot too.
We are trying more and more not to turn over ball too easy and to get up the pitch more when defending a lead or result. We got some luck but could easily have got a 2nd goal with some luck. Their last attack was a freak series of things including a slip, a deflected pass, and started with what could have been a free, as well as some mistakes by us and a really jammy break of the ball to Jancker, so I suppose “it all works out”!
Book your hotel in St Petersburg now…