Macedonia coach warns Scotland
Macedonia coach Cedomir Janevski has warned Scotland his side are feeling confident ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.
Last Updated: 10/09/12 5:10pm
Macedonia coach Cedomir Janevski has warned Scotland his side are feeling confident ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.
The Macedonians pushed Croatia all the way on Friday with just a solitary Nikica Jelavic goal separating the sides in their Group A opener in Zagreb.
After competing against the top seeds and seeing an uninspiring Scotland performance in their draw at home to Serbia on Saturday, Janevski is optimistic about his side's chances.
He said: "We played very well against Croatia. Even though we didn't take anything from that game, we now have more confidence.
"Scotland might be favourites at home for this game but we have confidence from the last game and we will try for a good performance and to take the points also from Glasgow.
"We know that playing against Scotland when they are at home is not an easy game for anybody.
"I saw the game against Serbia on Saturday and they are a very compact team, they have some experience and young players, with a lot of character.
"They also have the supporters behind them and their help is like a 12th player.
"They have very good counter-attacks and they are dangerous at dead balls.
"It's going to be a tough game but we also have our ambitions.
"I have confidence in my players. They are motivated and that gives me a good feeling."
The onus will be on Craig Levein's men to make home advantage count at the weekend with the sense that it was an opportunity missed against Serbia.
But while Janevski is wary of the Scottish threat, he has little sympathy for Levein's side.
"Regarding the attacks, Scotland had opportunities to win the game," added Janevski.
"But we had the same problem against Croatia. It's football.
"The chances you create, you have to score. Without scoring goals, you can't win the game.
"I don't know if they can play better or not. They have potential to beat everyone at home."
Janevski, who replaced John Toshack as boss last month, added: "Before the start of this qualification, our motivation was to go into every game and have a good performance.
"It's a tournament of 10 games and we want to get as many points as possible. But where we will get those points, I don't know."