Burley - Dismissal 'very harsh'
George Burley believes Scotland were the better side against Norway prior to Gary Caldwell's dismissal.
Last Updated: 12/08/09 9:03pm
George Burley believes Scotland were the better side against Norway prior to Gary Caldwell's 'very harsh' dismissal.
The visitors had looked lively in Olso, but found themselves up against it when Celtic's Caldwell was shown two swift yellow cards - the second for a shirt pull on John Carew.
No sooner had Scotland lost a man, they also found themselves a goal down with John Arne Riise's deflected free-kick giving Norway a priceless advantage.
It was all downhill from there with Morten Gamst Pedersen adding a crucial second on the stroke of half-time before completing his brace late on, after Erik Huseklepp had already put the game beyond doubt.
"Whatever could have gone wrong tonight went wrong," said Burley.
"Up to the sending-off, I thought we maybe had the better of it as far as chances were concerned.
"We conceded one with 10 men right on half-time, and then it was an uphill battle."
Burley branded Caldwell's second booking 'very harsh' after he had seconds earlier been carded for a lunge on the lively Gamst Pedersen.
"I thought it was very harsh," he continued. "Carew was pulling Gary, and Gary was trying to hold his own.
"I don't think he (the referee) realised he'd booked Gary Caldwell. The Norwegian players said he'd already been booked."