Victory in Ljubljana will guarantee the Scots second place in Group F and should be enough to book them a World Cup play-off spot.
"He asked if I was OK and I told him to give me a minute and luckily it kind of eased off with the strapping on".
Skrtel deflected a cross from Scotland substitute Ikechi Anya into his own net with one minute remaining to settle a dramatic contest at Hampden Park. "We're going to forget about Slovenia until this is over". It took us until very late in the game to beat them at Hampden. That was some performance, I know there was 10 men there and it shook us for a bit, but that's because you do all your homework to face 11.
Irish fans were watching intently, knowing that a Scotland win was exactly what we needed, as should they fail to win in their final game against Slovenia, Ireland can secure a playoff place with two wins agains Moldova and Wales.
The 1-0 victory means another three points on Sunday in Ljubljana will put Scotland second in the table and in prime position to reach their first play-off since 2003 as the road to Russian Federation intensifies. We'll enjoy the win but now we need to quickly turn our attentions to Sunday'.More news: Messi and Argentina tremble for the World Cup
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"As a manager, you think "what we're doing is working" but that doesn't mean you don't think about freshening things up", he said.
The Slovakia goalkeeper pulled off a number of superb stops to crank up the pressure on Scotland, and it was telling that he was only beaten by an unfortunate mishap.
"At the end of the day, it was in the area and if Skrtel didn't put it in then Chris would have done so. We knew we'd probably have a chance to get on top in the last ten or 15 minutes and try and win the game from there, and that's how it turned out".
"Nobody can get ahead of themselves and we need to keep everybody's feet on the ground". "We said at half-time they might tire towards the end after playing for so long with ten men".
"If we can do that we can go into Sunday full of belief".