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Four-goal Faris dreams of AFC Cup final

By ESPN Staff

Iwulemo dismay at an amazing miss

Chris Iwelumo admits his debut howler will haunt him for years to come - but insists he will bounce back from the moment he cost Scotland a crucial win against Norway.

With the World Cup qualifier at Hampden still deadlocked 10 minutes into the second half, the Wolves striker was thrown into the action in a bid to salvage the hopes of the nation.

Instead, he somehow managed to miss the target completely when Gary Naysmith delivered a perfect ball across the face of goal to Iwelumo just a few yards out with the net gaping.

It was a nightmare start to an international career which had been a long time coming for the 30-year-old and he admitted: "I'm obviously gutted.

"I had a big chance and I should put them away so I'm disappointed. I just have to bounce back and keep positive.

"I was confident and I put my foot out and it hit the heel. I'm gutted. But it's gone now and I've just got to move on.

"I'm my own worst critic and it's definitely something I'll be thinking about. But I'm a big character and I'll take that one on the chin and move on."

Despite missing the sitter, Iwelumo was determined to take some positives from his debut.

"It was fantastic," he insisted.

"That's what I'm about, I'm a target-man and I think I'm quite mobile as well.

"I'm there to win headers, link up play with others and make the ball stick and I think that part worked pretty well today.

"It would have been nice to top it off with a goal though."

Iwelumo has refused to give up hope of remaining in George Burley's plans for the visit to Holland in March.

He said: "It's all down to what I'm doing with my club now, so hopefully I can carry on with that form and keep knocking on the door."

Scotland have now taken just four points from a possible nine against Macedonia, Iceland and Norway, leaving their qualification hopes hanging in the balance.

"There is disappointment in the dressing room," said Iwelumo.

"We had most of the chances and, of course, I should have done better myself. But there are positives to be taken out of it and we move on from there.

"There are many ups and downs and we just have to ride with it. We are a good bunch and we are confident so we will look ahead to the next match."

Scotland manager George Burley said: "We had some good opportunities, and if we had got the first goal then we would have won the game.

"But it didn't happen and 99 times out of 100 Chris would have scored.

"Afterwards Chris said, 'I should have scored' and he is disappointed but he has shown that he is a goalscorer.

"His height and strength gave the Norway defence lots of problems and he linked well with Steven Fletcher.

"It was his first time in the squad but he showed that he could do well in international football."


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