BBC Football Scotland

Christophe Berra (19) rises above the Northern Ireland defence to score the only goal of the gameInterview: Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

Christophe Berra secured victory at Hampden with an 85th-minute header.

"I thought it was important to win, really important, " Strachan said. "Just to make us feel good about ourselves.

"The performance at times was good as well, comfortable, brave on the ball, patient at times, getting used to the new pitch as well. It's a bit slick."

Scotland dominated possession at Hampden but were frustrated by Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern in a lively first half.

The game threatened to peter out in a second half punctuated by a steady stream of substitutions, until defender Berra headed home debutant Matt Ritchie's corner.

Strachan was particularly pleased that neither Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon nor half-time replacement Allan McGregor had a save to make.

Gordon StrachanSubstitute Christophe Berra (19) heads home the only goal of the game

"Northern Ireland have improved immensely over the last year; beating Hungary, Greece and the Faroe Islands, " he said.

"I thought the first half-hour was a good start for a friendly. It was a good attitude, I'm pleased with the number of chances and the way we made them.

"And I'm delighted with the number of chances that they didn't get. There wasn't many chances."

Scotland are third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, three points adrift of leaders Poland.

Strachan acknowledged there were "one or two things" his side could improve on against Gibraltar, who are bottom and have conceded 21 goals in their four qualifying games so far.

You might also like

BBC One Scotland Junction Between BBC News and Sportscene
BBC One Scotland Junction Between BBC News and Sportscene ...
BBC Sport archive: 1977 - Wales 0-2 Scotland
BBC Sport archive: 1977 - Wales 0-2 Scotland
Live video - BBC Scotland Sportscene
Live video - BBC Scotland Sportscene
Football, Conversation Zone - BBC Radio Scotland
Football, Conversation Zone - BBC Radio Scotland
Milliken NFL Homefield Football Novelty Rug Rug Size: 3'10" x 5'4", NFL Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Furniture (Milliken)
  • 100% STAINMASTER® nylon rug features a gridiron pattern with your team s logo
  • Team name is printed in the endzones
  • Printed with high-definition Millitron® technologyDimensions: 3-Ft. 10-In. x 5-Ft. 4-In.
  • Officially licensed
Btime Men's Lace-Up Thick Platforms Business Low Top Oxford(7D(M)US,brown)
Shoes ()
  • Breathable leather lining, prevent the foot smelly
  • Wear-resisting
  • Slip Resistant
  • New elevator shoes, enhance your confidencce
TigerCases Tiger Case Cover Hard Back Cases Beautiful Nice Cute Animal hot selling cell phone cases for Apple Accessories iPad Mini # 6
Wireless (TigerCases)
  • Designed for easy access to all the ports and buttons for your phone.
  • Sides are made of hard TPU material that offers unmatched grip and protection.
  • Printed on thin metal back using sublimation technology to offer long lasting design.
  • Careful packaging to protect the goods from possible damage.
  • We ship our products within two days on business days,but weekend.
YellowLeavesCases Autumn Leaves Yellow Trees Beautiful Place Phone Cases Special For iPhone 5/5S No.13
Wireless (YellowLeavesCases)
  • Designed for easy access to all the ports and buttons for your phone.
  • Sides are made of hard TPU material that offers unmatched grip and protection.
  • Printed on thin metal back using sublimation technology to offer long lasting design.
  • Careful packaging to protect the goods from possible damage.
  • We ship our products within two days on business days,but weekend.
Btime Men's Fashion Low Top Suede Lace Sneakers(7D(M)US,blue)
Shoes ()
  • Breathable leather lining, prevent the foot smelly
  • Wear-resisting
  • Slip Resistant
  • Handsome guy s first choice
Leviathan - Scotland, Football, Ignatius Sancho (BBC 1998)
Leviathan - Scotland, Football, Ignatius Sancho (BBC 1998)
BBC Scotland Football New Season TV
BBC Scotland Football New Season TV

Copyright © . All Rights Reserved