That hurt! Miller declares Scots were an 'embarrassment'
after humiliating USA thrashing
22:29 GMT, 27 May 2012
Kenny Miller admitted Scotland’s 5-1 thrashing to the United States was an ‘embarrassment’ after the national team crashed to their heaviest defeat under Craig Levein.
The skipper cut a crestfallen figure after emerging from a draining 90 minutes and confessed that Levein’s men were second best throughout the friendly.
Two goals down in 12 minutes, Miller’s downward header was knocked into the net by American defender Geoff Cameron to offer a shaft of hope.
Agony: Kenny Miller was embarrassed by Scotland's defeat to the USA
As Landon Donovan claimed his hat-trick with 20 minutes remaining, however, the Scots suffered a dismal end to the season in the blistering heat of the EverBank Field in Jacksonville
‘Of course it hurts. It’s an embarrassment, to be honest,’ said Cardiff City striker Miller. ‘If you lose 5-1 at any level of football, there’s an element of embarrassment.
‘We were trying to stem the flow in the first half and got a goal back. At 2-1 we were fortunate but the goals we lost in the second half were terrible.
‘It is a friendly but we’re still disappointed. We have made progress with performances in recent times, but this is a hard one and it still hurts.’
Glimmer of hope: Miller celebrates after scoring with the help of a deflection
Admitting the result offered a wake-up call before Serbia visit Glasgow in the opening qualifier of the forthcoming World Cup campaign in September, Miller promised there would be a review of what went wrong.
‘Everyone is proud to be here and disappointed with the result,’ he said. ‘It won’t be brushed off and we will look at this and make sure the openness that was evident in our play in the second half doesn’t get repeated.
‘We’ve played Italy, France and Spain in recent times and have not been carved open like that. It shouldn’t happen with us against any nation.’
The result turns up the heat on Levein ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, for which this match had been billed as a dress rehearsal. Lamenting the loss of several key players for the match, he admitted his team had not been as focused as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.
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And he sought to reassure Tartan Army followers — worried that the players had looked to be in end-of-season holiday mode in Florida — that his team will improve on their next friendly outing, against Australia at Easter Road in August, before the qualifiers begin in earnest the following month.
‘I think focus is the most important word,’ said Levein. ‘We weren’t as focused as the USA. Our team have been excellent recently, with some great results, and it was most unlike them.
‘With it being the end of the season, the players were tired. It was evident there was only one team who were focused.’