Andy Robertson admits Scotland deserves to be booed by the Tartan Army after a disastrous 3-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland at Aviva Stadium.
After losing the World Cup play-off semi-final to Ukraine at Hampden Park, the Scots started their Nations League campaign with a 2-0 home win over Armenia.
The results and performances have given Steve Clarke’s men confidence for a trip to Dublin to meet an Irish side that have lost their opening two League B Group 1 games and are indeed looking for their first win at the Premier League. Nations League.
But the hosts dominated from the start and goals from Alan Browne and Troy Parrott gave them a well-deserved lead over Michael Obafemi, making their first international appearance, thundering in the first third of the second half. .
Skipper Robertson admitted the performance was “not good enough” and said the Scotland fans were right to vent their disappointment.
Robertson: Not good enough form to play for Scotland
“To the fans behind the goal booing us, absolutely correct,” he said Premier Sports.
“We know they go a long way, we know they pay a lot of money and that performance wasn’t good enough in a Scotland shirt.
“We will need evaluation as a team, we will need individual evaluation and we have to hit the restart button because everything was good last year, but this year the performance is still incomplete.
“We know they’ve been under pressure, two losses in the first two games and maybe they’re being questioned.
“We had to weather the storm, but we didn’t.
“We gave them easy corners, won big serves that raised the crowd and that set the tone for the game and unfortunately we weren’t able to get into the game until we were beaten. 3-0 lead.
“The overall performance was not good enough and not good enough for the Scotland shirt.”
He added: “We let the manager down, which was disappointing for us. He set us up in a way and we never did it.
“Each of us loses in battles that are impossible in these games.
“Two balls come to them, they’re winning the ball and they have a chance. And when it’s like that, results go one way.”
‘We need to get back to consistency’
Robertson believes Scotland needs to get back to the steady form shown on their eight-match unbeaten run before their loss to Ukraine.
“You can’t just be a gig and try to pick them or try to rally them,” he said.
“We need to get back to consistency, which we were really good at last year.
“Today, I don’t think anyone is playing above par, when you go to places like this, there’s no place that’s good enough.
“Some words were said in the dressing room and rightly so, but the manager, the coach and all the players, we are all together, but some things have to be said and we have to reset and continues to run fine.
“It can’t be a good performance and then a bad performance, that’s not what we’ve built under this manager and that’s what we need to get back to, do the basics. exact copy.”
Clarke: We have to move on
For Scotland manager Steve Clarke, it was a sober evening across the Irish Sea 10 days after his side reached the heartbreaking World Cup play-off semi-finals.
Clarke said: “Ireland deserved to win. They were front foot, we didn’t deal with that and we played poorly and we lost.”
But asked if he feels let down by his players, Clarke added: “Listen, this group of players have done a great job for me and they’ve done a great job for their country. .
“We’ve had two big hits in the three-game space, the first time in a long time that’s happened to us and I want to see how they come back as a group.
“I’m not going to criticize this group of players. They’ve been fantastic for me. Sometimes you have a bad day. Unfortunately we’ve had two bad days in a row and we have to learn how to cope. with that and move on.”