Levein - Win boosts confidence

Fine Australia victory sets up Scots for World Cup double-header

Craig Levein: Scotland boss happy with confidence boost ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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Scotland manager Craig Levein hailed his team's 3-1 friendly win against Australia as a huge confidence-booster ahead of next month's important 2014 World Cup double-header.

Goals from Jordan Rhodes and Ross McCormack, either side of Jason Davidson's own goal, helped Scotland battle back from an deficit at Easter Road.

Levein's men host both Serbia and Macedonia at Hampden Park when their qualifying campaign begins in September.

And Levein, who watched his team lose 5-1 against USA at the end of last season in their last outing, was pleased with their display.

Important

"Serbia is the important one but that has given us a boost of confidence," he told Sky Sports.

"If you compare the last performance to this performance then it's quite easy to look back at both and tell you which one I prefer.

"The result was important and the performance was important. But it is nowhere near as important as the Serbia game."

Huddersfield striker Rhodes hauled Scotland back into the game with a well-taken equaliser, after Mark Bresciano's 19th-minute wonderstrike, on his first international start.

And Levein was full of praise for the 22-year-old, who was named man-of-the-match following an impressive 69-minute display.

Tough

He said: "It's a tough ask for a young lad to play as a lone striker at this level. We worked on getting the ball into the box, because we looked at his goals and they're all one touch finishes and getting in front of people.

"The lads, particularly Danny Fox and Alan Hutton, put some good balls in. That's what he needs.

"It was a tough time for him because he had a tight hamstring at half-time. He would have stayed on but in the interests of not sending him back to his club with an injury we took him off."