Robert Snodgrass handed the visitors late hope with a well-taken goal minutes before the final whistle but Scotland were ultimately unable to salvage the victory needed to secure second place in the group.
"Players, staff and family - I want to make sure they're all right". Genetically we need to look at things. Fans can't hurt like them, I can't hurt like them, so there shouldn't be any talk about what I'm thinking, what I'm doing at this moment in time. Me, it's not a problem. I'm really proud to be the manager.
Gordon Strachan's men, who initially appeared slow to grasp the urgency of the situation, finally began to throw everything at the Slovenians in the final ten minutes, a tactic that culminated in an equaliser for Robert Snodgrass in the 87th minute. After four points from a possible 12 in the first four games, his revitalised side finished with 14 from the last 18 and six games unbeaten.
It was the Celtic striker's fourth goal in his last five Scotland games and had the "Tartan Army" of travelling fans believing in the dream of reaching the finals, being held in Russian Federation next year, for the first time in two decades.More news: Turkish troops prepare to enter Idlib province, Syria
Strachan says he is proud of his players despite the disappointment of another failed qualification campaign. I think we've improved as the campaign's gone on. I am the only one that actually puts the theories into practice. "Two set pieces have cost us dearly".
"What I do know is that, genetically, we're behind", the former Celtic boss said in his post-match press conference. The Scot previously led Cardiff up to the Premier League, but his reputation later took a knock following allegations of "racist, sexist and homophobic" messages, although in the end he wasn't charged by the FA.
'But you can't change our genetics. But physically we have a problem.
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"Away from home you're going to have to take a bit of pressure and counter; it's a great finish by Leigh (Griffiths)".
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan insists now is not the time to talk about his future. I've been fortune to have been successful in my own career and get to places.
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