Dixon happy to silence doubters

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Paul Dixon, right, put in a man-of-the-match performance against Serbia

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Paul Dixon, right, put in a man-of-the-match performance against Serbia

Scotland debutant Paul Dixon was glad to prove Serbia wrong with his man-of-the-match performance in their goalless 2014 World Cup qualifier at Hampden.

The Huddersfield left-back was a late call-up to Craig Levein's squad after injuries to Danny Fox, Russell Martin and Charlie Mulgrew. Serbia manager Sinisa Mihajlovic's plan to focus his side's threat down Dixon's wing came to light after he left his tactics sheet lying on the ground during Friday's training stint - but that only inspired the defender.

"I thought it was our tactic sheet at first," he said. "I just seen it (in a newspaper) over someone's shoulder at breakfast and then I took a proper look at it and noticed it was theirs. So thought: 'All right, if that is what they want to do then I will show them otherwise' and I feel as though I did that."

He added: "It is a dream come true, playing for my country and I've got man of the match as well so I don't think it could have gone any better other than getting the win.

"I was playing snooker at the training ground and our assistant manager came and told me I had been called up and I said: 'Are you joking?'. He showed me the text.

"It was the case of speeding home, throwing stuff in the bag and get up the road as quickly as possible."

Macedonia, who lost away to Croatia on Friday night, visit Hampden on Tuesday night but midfielder Charlie Adam does not believe three points are necessary if the Scots are to have a realistic chance of making it out of the group.

The Stoke player said: "I wouldn't say it is a must-win game, there are still a number of games to go. It is the first game of the campaign and I think I would rather be sat here on one point than getting beat at home.

"It probably is two points dropped but we will dust ourselves down again and go on Tuesday and try to get three points. It is going to be tough but it is another home game which we need to take advantage of.

"We are disappointed. We missed enough chances and were just unlucky we never got a break of the ball. It is difficult. Serbia are above us in the rankings, they have good players but if we create that number of chances and play as well as we know we can then we should be happy."

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