Scotland defender Russell Martin remained defiant in the wake of the shocking display in Slovakia that left their hopes of making the next World Cup finals hanging by a thread.
The Scots weren’t helped by Swedish referee Martin Strombergsson failing to award them a foul in the lead-up to the opening goal.
But the bottom line is it was woeful defending by the Scots that all but wrecked the Tartan Army’s dreams of being in Russia for the finals in 2018.
Scotland’s shambolic display against opponents who hadn’t scored in their previous seven hours of football has also led to speculation that manager Gordon Strachan could quit.
But Martin defended their performance and insisted the Scots can still qualify.
Martin said: “We couldn’t have given any more.
“It’s tough to take.
“The first goal hurt us a little bit. We probably should have had a foul in the build-up.
“But even then we bounced back in the first-half.
“We came in at half-time full of hope and felt we could get at them and press them a little higher.
“But then they got the second goal and it killed us.
“I accept we were not good enough after that.
“They got a third one from a set-piece, which shouldn’t happen.”
Scotland are now fourth in their group after picking up just four points from their first three matches, with a visit to leaders England next month to come.
But Martin honestly believes the Scots can still claim one of the top two spots that would give them a chance of ending Scotland’s wait to get back to a major finals for the first time since 1998.
He said: “If you look at the group, England only managed a draw, Slovenia beat Slovakia the other night so we’re three points off top of the group. It’s as simple as that.
“It’s such a tight group so we need to pick ourselves up.
“We have had two disappointing results. If we had beaten Lithuania at home it would probably have made it a little easier to take.
“We don’t want to lose any game and it’s frustrating.
“But we are well in with a shout.
“We need to try to make sure we get a result against England now.”