Fletcher offers Burley backing
Darren Fletcher insists shattered confidence not George Burley was to blame for Scotland's defeat against Wales.
Last Updated: 15/11/09 3:33pm
Darren Fletcher insists shattered confidence not George Burley was to blame for Scotland's demoralising 3-0 defeat against Wales on Saturday.
Burley's side found themselves three goals down inside 35 minutes during the weekend friendly at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The furious travelling support vented their frustration in the direction of the manager, tired of insipid displays from their side.
National skipper Fletcher has sought to defend his manager, though, by claiming that the current problems undermining the side are down to the players not the coaching staff.
"It was nothing to do with the fact that they don't want to play for the manager - it was low confidence from losing three goals," said the Manchester United midfielder.
"It's not anything to do with the manager. The players wanted to play but were just very low on confidence and we didn't lift ourselves after conceding goals. We let those goals affect us.
"Sometimes you can't afford to let your head drop as much as we did. It took until half-time to try to pick people up and the second half was just a nothing game really. It's disappointing.
"It was a terrible afternoon. Having started the game quite positively for the first 20 minutes, we just capitulated. There were bad defensive errors, not tracking runners. It was a calamity of errors from the whole team."
Scotland must now wait until March before getting the opportunity to put things right, with a tricky test against the Czech Republic lying in wait at Hampden Park.
"We've got to do better and show more passion," added Fletcher.
"Friendly games are difficult, there are no points at stake. Still, you don't like to lose 3-0 in any game.
"You are representing your country and that's not good enough. We can only hope that we can improve in these friendly games and try to get some sort of form and confidence back for the start of the Euros."