Under-pressure Scotland boss Alex McLeish today admitted beating the world’s worst international side 2-0 will not lessen the heat on him.
Although Scotland overcame minnows San Marino in a Euro 2020 qualifier the three points did not appease the disillusioned Tartan Army.
The Scots were booed during the qualifier and there were chants from the Tartan Army of “sacked in the morning”.
Supporters were still angry at the humiliating 3-0 loss to Kazakhstan, the worst ever suffered by the Scots.
The performance against a San Marino side rock bottom of the FIFA world rankings did little to appease them.
Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna started in the Group I qualifier.
McLeish said: “They were looking for five or six and we accept that. We never quite got the avalanche of goals that everyone was looking for.
“There was a little bit of agitation and when we didn’t get the second goal the players got a little bit nervy.
“They are only human.
”This has been a difficult weekend for us. We knew that 1-0, 2-0 was not going to be looked at in any great light at all.
“However, it was important for us to win after the disappointment in Kazakhstan.
“Everyone is hurting on that one. After that it was very important that we won the game and dealt with it.
“If we had scored more goals it would have made people a bit happier.
“But previous Scotland results there were 2-0. In the end we should have had four or five.
“We got a whirlwind start against us from Kazakhstan which set us back in that game and left a few of us shell shocked.
“But we dealt with the second game. If not fantastic, it was professional enough.”
Scotland made the perfect start when former Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean, now at Norwich City, scored in the fourth minute.
However, the Scots had to wait until the 74th minute for Johnny Russell to deliver a second.
The travelling Scotland supporters vented their frustration by booing from the stands.
McLeish said: “I heard it. Over the years since I became a professional, in different stages of my life and my career that happens in football.
“Sometimes players get a bit nervous about that which is why sometimes you don’t see the free flowing football we perhaps got in November.
“They (supporters) were frustrated that we never kicked on from the first goal. We did try to keep things going.
“We said to the lads before the game that if you get a goal look for another one as quickly as possible.
“As soon as the ball went in the back of the net to go and grab it run back to the centre circle, put it down and get back to attacking San Marino.
“Keep the pressure on.”
Despite the damaging Group I opening defeat in Kazakhstan McLeish refuses to give up hope that the Scots can still qualify for the Euro 2020 finals via the group stages. Scotland sit fifth in the Group I table.
He said: “It is never over.
“We know that the Russians are strong and that Belgium are favourites.
“But it is never over this early in any competition.
“I think there will be blips in the ensuing games.
“We have to get better, quite simply and need to get our best players into the team.
“If the Russians don’t get their best players into the team and the Belgians they will have different results also.
“We have to go forward now.”