Griffiths: Strachan is '100%' the best man for Scotland

Martin Dubravka of Slovakia dives as Leigh Griffiths of Scotland hits the crossbar from a free kick during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Scotland and Slovakia

Martin Dubravka of Slovakia dives as Leigh Griffiths of Scotland hits the crossbar from a free kick during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Scotland and Slovakia

"Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours".

"When you see them at the end of the game, I don't think I have seen a group of players that exhausted and disappointed".

Elsewhere in Group E, Denmark were held 1-1 by Romania in Copenhagen after Ciprian Deac's late header cancelled out Christian Eriksen's second-half penalty, but the point was enough to secure the Dane's play-off place.

Strachan's contract with the Scottish FA expires at the conclusion of the qualifying campaign, leading to the widespread assumption that the 60-year-old would leave his position as global manager of his own volition.

'Physically, we have a problem.

"It took a lot of concentration from us to deal with that and we couldn't allow ourselves to get carried away".

'Technically we're fine. But our guys have to work harder to get on the ball than bigger lads at 6ft 3ins.

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"Genetically, we are behind", explained the manager.

"We deserved to be beaten tonight because Slovenia were the better side".

"We couldn't combat their height and strength at set-plays", added Strachan, with Bezjak's goals coming from a free-kick and a corner. And he declared himself honoured to work with a group of players who he feels are battling against the odds.

"We put so much into Thursday night, forcing it, pushing it for the full 90 minutes - and we did look exhausted. I really have to thank them for the effort they have put in".

Professor Bernard Harris, of Southampton University, said at the time: "If you drew a map of people living in the early 19th century, then what you would find is the further north you went, the taller on average the population".

Strachan remained coy on his future, although received support from Celtic striker Griffiths, who expressed hope that the former Coventry, Southampton and Middlesbrough manager would lead Scotland's European Championship qualification campaign.

'I have never been in a dressing room as silent as that. "That was probably the happiest moment I've had in football - now let's hope we can top it that on Sunday night by beating Slovenia over there".

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