Scotland boss Steve Clarke refuses to criticise David Marshall despite Patrik Schick admission

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Steve Clarke refused to criticise keeper David Marshall – after he was beaten by a shot from the halfway line.

The Tartan Army were left deflated after a double from Patrik Schick, including a striker from 49.7 yards, ruined their return to the Euro finals.

Marshall was close to standing in the centre circle when a Jack Handry shot was blocked and the Czech team broke away.

Schick admitted he has made a mental note of Marshall's high up positioning earlier in the game and planned his long shot, which he also practices in training.

Clarke said his side were a victim of getting bad breaks at the wrong time, just as they were on top, and creating chances.

David Marshall was caught off his line for Czech Republic's second goal
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On Derby keeper Marshall he said: “Well if he’d been on his line he would have caught it. But in normal circumstances he’s looking to sweep up behind the defence.

“But it was a fantastic finish. I think rather than looking to apportion blame all the time sometimes you’ve got to credit the goal scorer."

“Losing a goal five minutes before half-time – from the second phase of a set play – was disappointing for us.

“We normally defend that quite well so that was a blow.

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“We came out for the second half and Jack Hendry hit the bar. Then Jack's shot got blocked and fell straight to their striker and he produced a marvellous finish.

“From there it becomes a long and difficult afternoon.

“I thought we showed good invention and had chances to get back in the game. Had one gone in it could have been a different ending to the afternoon.

“So it’s disappointing but we are ready for the next one (against England).”

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“We didn’t come here for a learning experience but obviously if we have to learn lessons from it that’s what we’ll do. We came here to be competitive and I think we were competitive in the game.

“Sometimes a football match doesn’t go your way. I don’t think there was much between the two sides if you look at our attempts at goal.

“We just weren’t quite clinical enough at the right time but the game on Friday will take care of itself.”

Schick said of his goal: "I checked already in the first half. I knew he (Marshall) stayed very high so when the ball came I saw he was out so I tried, and it was a nice goal."

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