The Commons Touch
Updated Thursday, 3rd September 2009
Let's hope Kris Commons has managed to get all his mistakes out of his system before Saturday.
However, Commons, believes he was simply a victim of falling below his own high standards. He said: "I wasn't disappointed (by what was said). I played badly and there are no grey areas with the gaffer. it's black and white. If you play well, he is the first to congratulate you but I played badly for 45 minutes and got a hammering, so I take it on the chin. I made two mistakes and cost us two goals; it got highlighted and the manager didn't like it. There is history between the both clubs and I think Nigel got a bit of stick from their fans and so he aimed at me. I don't think I need to prove him wrong. He knows what I am capable of and that's why he probably had a dig at me. My standards had dropped, not just a little bit but to standards that he had never seen before so it was probably a little dig at me to kick on a bit."
Looking ahead, Commons believes Scotland's players do have to get the result that will prove their critics wrong following last month's 4-0 thrashing in Norway. That game left Scotland needing all six points against Macedonia and Holland if they are to have any chance of a play-off spot. The midfielder said: "There will be a lot of players who feel like that. The way we lost in Norway, we owe it to the fans, the manager and anyone who has put confidence in you to go and do a job. There's a lot of players who didn't turn up in Norway, although there were decisions that went against us, like the sending off. I think it's time to knuckle down and put in our best performance to get three points against Macedonia. We have 90 minutes to secure a win and I think if we do, then it's in our hands to give Holland the best that we can offer. Everyone is up for the game and there is no doubt in my mind that we will win the match and then all the concentration will be on Holland."
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