Two-goal Lyndon Dykes praises the Scottish side for their tactical improvements against Ukraine

Lyndon Dykes passed the credit on to Scotland’s coaching staff after scoring twice in a convincing 3-0 win against Ukraine.

Dykes came off the bench alongside Ryan Fraser in the 75th minute and headed home twice from his substitute to complement John McGinn’s opener as Scotland moved to the top of Nations League Group B1.

The QPR forward credited coach Austin MacPhee for setwork and manager Steve Clarke for the tactical changes that led to Scotland turning the tables.

With skipper Andy Robertson injured, Clarke took the opportunity to return to a back four after Scotland were clearly beaten with their usual three-point system against Ukraine in June, albeit without the influential Kieran Tierney.

Scotland coach Steve Clarke alongside Austin MacPhee (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Scotland improved when Clarke brought an extra man into midfield during that 3-1 World Cup playoff defeat and they dominated the vast majority of Nations League play after starting with Scott McTominay in the middle of the park.

Dykes said: “Thanks to Austin, set-play manager, he’s been very good since he came in.

“When I came on, he told me to go to the front. I went to the front post twice and scored two goals, which I did well for him and for the whole team.

“The coach watched that game in Ukraine probably 100 times and went back thinking maybe he could change something himself. He changed things in that game and to his credit it worked out. We’re happy for him too.

“We were very determined (to right the wrongs). Everyone lined up and wanted to show the fans that we could have done better. Now we are concentrating on this group and we have done that.”

Dykes, who was substituted at half-time last time out against Ukraine after struggling to shake off an injury, has scored six goals in his last seven internationals.

“When I hit the net it’s the best feeling, especially when I score here in front of all the fans,” said the former Queen of the South and Livingston striker. “It’s something you’ll never forget.

“I really feel at home here, I feel like I’m playing really well under the manager and the guys are great.

“Obviously I’ve had a bit of a bad spell with injuries in the last few camps, which I was disappointed with because I had a good run.

“But I’m still on that run and I feel confident every time I come here. I’m just going to stay in those positions.

“When I came on, the manager said, ‘Make sure you influence the game’ and I was happy to do that.

“But I was just happy to get the three points for the team because it was a big three points for the group.” Two-goal Lyndon Dykes praises the Scottish side for their tactical improvements against Ukraine

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