Miller backs Levein

  • Last Updated: September 12 2012, 9:20 BST

Scotland striker Kenny Miller insists the squad are fully behind manager Craig Levein and believe in his approach.

Miller backs Levein

Levein bore the brunt of jeers at the end of Scotland's 1-1 home draw with Macedonia on Tuesday night, which followed the goalless Hampden clash with Serbia in the opening World Cup qualifier.

Having failed to secure victories in two of the games that a team on their way to qualification would generally be expected to win, Levein will be under pressure to make up ground in Wales and Belgium next month.

The manager was in defiant mood on Monday night, stressing that Scotland were only two points off the top.

But Belgium, Serbia and Croatia all have four points and his positivity is not shared by many fans.

Miller, who scored Scotland's equaliser just before the break, was frustrated with the negativity at Hampden last night but admitted they were well below par.

Yet he feels they are still on the right track despite their failure to show it against Macedonia.

When asked whether he backed Levein, Miller said: "We believe in everything that he's doing, be it systems or personnel.

"He freshened it up tonight and other lads were given a chance.

"We believe what we're doing is the right way to go but it's up to us to do that.

"Once we cross that white line it's up to us to go out and perform and for some reason tonight we severely under-performed."

Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor saved two one-on-ones and Macedonia also hit the post while the closest Scotland came to a winner was a diving header from Jordan Rhodes that ruffled the side-netting.

Miller said: "We keep saying about progress, but a performance like that I can understand the frustration.

"That was a poor performance and a poor result and two points from two home games is something we never thought we would come away with.

"We thought we would get at least three or four, so it is disappointing."

But he added: "We're sitting two points off the top of the group at the moment, it just means we're going to have to go away from home and get better results."