Unlucky Iwelumo gets support
Chris Iwelumo has received the backing of team-mates after his howler for Scotland against Norway.
Last Updated: 12/10/08 7:19pm
Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo has received the backing of team-mates after his howler against Norway.
The second-half substitute spurned a golden opportunity to hand George Burley's men an invaluable three points in their World Cup campaign.
But his team-mates do not blame him for failing to secure the win, insisting the side must stand or fall together.
Fellow substitute Steven Fletcher said: "Chris was full of apologies after the game but it's not the big man's fault, it was just a missed chance.
"Anyone can miss chances, I know that myself, and it was just unlucky. We are a team - we are not going to point fingers at anyone. He came on and did well for us."
Defender Gary Caldwell also voiced his support of Iwelumo, saying: "It's a team game. We win together and we draw together. It's just one of those things.
"It came at him very fast and he couldn't sort his feet out.
"But I thought he played well. He was a handful when he came on. We were a bit more direct and it paid off for us, we had more chances when he was on the park."
Caldwell added: "He is a striker and he is always going to miss chances. The best players in the world miss chances.
"It shouldn't be a problem for him, he will come back from it and I'm sure he will score goals for Scotland."
Meanwhile James McFadden has spoken of his disappointment at being substituted in the game - but acknowledges it was the boss' call.
The Birmingham striker said: "I was very disappointed. I wanted to play as much as I could; I wanted to play the whole game. But the manager changed it - and in the end, it almost worked.
"I've not spoken to him. These things happen. You have to change tactics during the game, and that's what he did.
"It's just frustrating that we didn't get the three points - it's not really the fact that it could have been me scoring a goal.
"Overall, we are disappointed not to have won the game."
McFadden is now looking forward to the next game in Holland in March and insists the Scots are still masters of their own destiny.
"I don't know how hard it's going to be now - every game is going to be tough," he said.
"It's still in our own hands at the moment, and we just have to make sure we do better in the other games."