Charlie turns on style for Scotland

Scotland's Charlie Adam shooting at goal during the Nations Cup match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Scotland's Charlie Adam shooting at goal during the Nations Cup match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin
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BLACKPOOL team-mates Charlie Adam and David Vaughan faced each other briefly for Scotland and Wales respectively in last night’s Carling Nations Cup clash in Dublin.

They shared the Aviva Stadium pitch for 16 minutes after Vaughan came off the bench in the second half of the Scots’ 3-1 win.

Despite Welsh manager Gary Speed’s hints that Premier League players would be rested, Pool’s Neal Eardley did start, while Adam and Stephen Crainey were in the Scots’ starting line-up, with Pool keeper Matt Gilks on the bench.

Wales had led 1-0 at the interval after a well-taken goal from Robert Earnshaw.

But Craig Levein’s side hit back in the second half with goals from James Morrison, Kenny Miller and Christophe Berra as the Scots recorded their first victory over Wales since February 1984.

Adam went close with a 20-yard shot which deflected narrowly wide of Boaz Myhill’s post.

The Scots will face hosts Republic of Ireland on Sunday, while Wales play Northern Ireland in their final game of the tournament on Friday.

Adam was later names Scotland’s man of the match.