Mulgrew's strike gives Strachan start to savour

 

Scotland 1 Estonia 0:Charlie Mulgrew grabbed his first international goal to hand Scotland victory over Estonia in last night's friendly at Pittodrie.

Mulgrew struck seven minutes before the interval, steering home a Charlie Adam freekick in a well-worked training ground routine, to hand the Scots the advantage in Gordon Strachan's first match in charge.

The former Celtic boss will have been pleased with the effort his players showed in grinding out a result against a dogged Estonia.

Strachan had never won his first match in charge in any of his previous managerial jobs, but his team never looked in any danger of slipping up after they took the lead.

Stoke's Adam shaped to cross a free-kick to the far post but instead squared it low to Mulgrew, who steered it home left-footed.

Estonia could have levelled through Gert Kams late on but he dragged his shot across the face of goal and Scotland held on for the win.

SCOTLAND: McGregor, Hutton, Webster, Berra, Mulgrew, Maloney, (Rhodes, 45) Brown (Morrison, 62), Adam, (McArthur, 61) Burke (Snodgrass, 45), Naismith (Commons, 75), Fletcher (Miller, 67). Subs not used: Gilks, Bardsley, Mackie, Martin, Wallace, Phillips. Booked: Webster

ESTONIA: Pareiko, Jaager, Morozov, Klavan, Teniste, Puri (Purje, 58), Mosnikov, Vassiljev, Oper (Ahjupera, 45) Kink (Luts, 58), Ojamaa (Kams, 73). Subs not used: Meerits, Sisov, Rahn, Kruglov, Voskoboinikov. Booked: Morozov, Kink

Referee: Clement Turpin (France).

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