Sloppy Scotland held

Kenny Miller was on target but it was a frustrating night for England

Kenny Miller was on target but it was a frustrating night for England

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Scotland were left still searching for their first win after being held to a 1-1 draw with Macedonia in Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier at Hampden.

There had been pressure on Craig Levein's men to deliver the win following the disappointment of Saturday's goalless stalemate against Serbia in their Group A opener.

Kenny Miller cancelled out Nikolce Noveski's opener just before the interval but the Scots could not find the winner, leaving them with just two points from two home games in a campaign which has so far failed to live up to expectations.

Scotland were threatening early on when Miller's cut-back found Gary Caldwell and he unleashed a left-footed shot that dipped over the crossbar.

There was a warning from the visitors when Daniel Georgievski teed up the shot for Ivan Trickovski and his deflected effort fizzed just past the upright.

Macedonia took the lead after just 11 minutes in a move which began with a short corner before Georgievski was again the provider, this time for Noveski. Despite appearing to be in an offside position when the ball was played, the flag stayed down and Noveski stabbed home past Allan McGregor from close range.

Scotland hauled themselves level two minutes before the break when Jamie Mackie delivered an inviting ball across the face of goal and Miller fired home into the gaping net from close range.

Macedonia looked dangerous after the re-start and Christophe Berra had to react quickly to block a Georgievski effort, before Ferhan Hasani rattled the right post with a powerful curving shot.

Macedonia provided a timely reminder of the threat they posed when Mirko Ivanovski found himself through on goal but McGregor was up to the task with a superb save.

There was an opportunity for substitute Jordan Rhodes but the Blackburn striker was unable to connect properly at the back post after throwing himself in front of a James Forrest cross.

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