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McArthur Disappointed With Scots Loss

31 May 2016

James McArthur was left frustrated after his Scotland side went down 1-0 to Italy in a friendly on Sunday, with the Palace midfielder admitting that they had let manager Gordon Strachan down.

A tame performance by the Scots produced just one shot on goal all game in an encounter that the Italians dominated from start to finish in Malta, despite the poor condition of the pitch, and the telling moment came when Southampton’s Graziano Pelle steered the ball home on 57 minutes to clinch the win for the Azzurri.

McArthur played 83 minutes of the match but was left fuming on the occasion of his 23rd cap, and said post-match: "Everyone's let the manager and the fans down. There are a lot of fans who have travelled here and we've not performed anywhere near where we should be.

"We came up against a side that has top-quality players and we didn't perform. We need to analyse it and see where we could have done better.

"They're top quality players, very well organised and they opened us up at times which is to be expected but I think we made it a bit too easy for them."

Next up for Scotland is a game in Metz against Euro 2016 hosts France on Saturday, and McArthur has admitted that Scotland will have to put in a much more dynamic performance if they are to beat Yohan Cabaye’s Les Bleus .

"We're going to have to play the best we've played in a long, long time to create a shock," he added. "We'll have to play a lot better than we did [against Italy].

"The most disappointing thing was losing in the manner we did. We obviously hung in there and kept it down to 1-0, but we weren't near the level we wanted to be at."

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