Scotland 'must suffer together' after World Cup dreams are dashed, says Steve Clarke

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Steve Clarke says now is the time for Scotland to 'suffer' after their World Cup hopes were ended by Ukraine at Hampden.

Scotland went into their play-off knowing they needed to win to advance to a shootout with Wales for a spot in England's group in Qatar later this year.

However, goals from Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk and Artem Dovbyk ensured it was Ukraine's night instead, with them now heading to Cardiff courtesy of the 3-1 win. For Scotland boss Clarke, it was a bitter pill to swallow. However, he called for unity and a pause to appreciate how far they have come of late. "Now is the night to suffer, we suffer together, we are sad together but we can't forget the strides we've made over the past three years," Clarke said. "We qualified for Euro 2020, we got to the playoff stage of World Cup qualifying, I've said to lads we have to suffer, be sad for a couple of days and start building for the next campaign. "I imagine it is going to take 48 hours to move on, I think we use this magnitude it does hurt, it hurts me, it hurts my coaching staff, hurts the players more than anybody. "We'll suffer together, then we will try and build into the Nations League campaign." The game itself proved a majorly frustrating one for the Scots, who completely failed to assert themselves on the contest throughout. Clarke admits he tried to change things to get his side going, but his troops came up very short in the end. "It was a disappointing night, you have to be honest, the best team on the night won," he said. "I wish them luck when they go to Cardiff, you also have wish the Welsh luck, should be a great game, unfortunately we're not involved.

"First half, I don't think we played enough, with our two footballing midfielders, but they pressed us well, forced us to go long, that suited them rather than us. "I made the change at half time (Christie on), we didn't give ourselves a chance to utilise the change, because we were 2-0 down very early in the second half. "After that, we showed character, we had a go, we left ourself open at the back, which we had to risk. "John missed a big chance, that would have given us half an hour that would have chased the 2-1. "We got the goal eventually, we tried as hard as we could. They defended with their lives, it's Ukraine's night and not Scotland's. "It becomes a little bit of frantic, we didn't quite have the composure to get it down and create a clear-cut chance. "We did have some chances on the night but we didn't take them. "The third goal was a consequence of us chasing the game, it puts a better reflection on the game for them."

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