Gordon Strachan hits back at Chris Martin boo-boys as Scotland strike late to keep World Cup hopes alive

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Scotland v Slovenia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier
On-loan Fulham striker Chris Martin netted Scotland's late winner (Source: Getty)

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan hit back at critics of Chris Martin after the on-loan Fulham striker kept alive his side’s slim chances of World Cup qualification with a late winner in their 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

Booed onto the pitch by a section of Scotland’s supporters after replacing West Brom’s James Morrison in the 82nd minute, Martin responded in perfect fashion by netting a deserved clincher.

Their success moved Scotland above Lithuania into fourth place although they remain six points adrift of Group F leaders England, and two behind Slovakia in second.

“Chris Martin gets a good reception from the players and staff, that’s why we pick him,” said Strachan. “Kenny Dalglish was booed, so was Gary McAllister and Alan Hansen – he must be some player.

“The players pushed themselves to another level tonight. We have got ourselves back into contention.”

Northern Ireland, meanwhile, boosted their chances of a play-off spot with a 2-0 victory over Norway. Forwards Jamie Ward and Conor Washington were on target.