European Under-21 Championship qualifying: Billy Stark praises Scotland's response
Scotland Under-21 boss Billy Stark claims his side had a "point to prove" after beating Slovakia U21s 2-1.
Last Updated: 10/10/13 11:00pm
The young Dark Blues side had shipped 10 goals against England and Holland in their last two matches but responded with a 2-1 win at St Mirren Park on Thursday night in their third Euro 2015 qualifier.
The victory moves them up to joint second in Group Three and Stark claimed it was the morale booster his men needed.
He said: "We have had a wee bit of criticism which was absolutely on the money in terms of the England game. But we drew a lot from the Holland result.
"We had a point to prove and that is a good thing when you have got boys who want to show that they have got some quality that people haven't been able to see because of the goals we conceded."
Scotland shook off a nervy start to put themselves in front on 31 minutes as Stuart Armstrong steered home a tidy finish from Clark Robertson's low centre.
A second arrived five minutes later as Stevie May capped his first start for the Under-21s with a goal.
The St Johnstone striker gathered the ball on the left-hand channel before shaking off Norbert Gyomber's half-hearted challenge as he strode purposefully into the box. His run left him with an improbable angle to shoot from but that did not put the confident Perth striker off and he sent a powerful hit above Patrik Legiand's head and into the roof of the net.
But the jitters which had plagued the Scots' early exchanges returned after they passed up a series of chances to put the result to bed.
And there was almost a full-blown panic when Slovakia substitute Thomas Malec grabbed one back for the visitors with 22 minutes left.
Scotland held on to the points though and Stark added: "It was nervier than it should have been because we created some marvellous opportunities but didn't take them.
"We could have made life easier for ourselves but it gave us a chance to show some other qualities later in the game."