Norwich City’s Scottish international Steven Whittaker braced for a familiar test against Gibraltar
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Norwich City and Scotland defender Steven Whittaker has plenty of practice this season dealing with the unique challenge posed by Euro 2016 minnows Gibraltar on Sunday at Hampden Park.
The Canaries' have faced plenty of Championship opponents desperate to get men behind the ball and then challenge Alex Neil's squad to try and break them down, and Whittaker expects a similar test on the international stage this weekend.
Gibraltar have conceded 21 goals without reply in their opening four qualifying ties to prop up Group D, but Whittaker insists Gordon Strachan's men will be ready.
'It's difficult playing a team like Gibraltar because you don't really know what it's going to be like until you are on the pitch,' he said. 'We're hoping for an early goal and hopefully we'll be able to try and add to it, so I'm sure the tempo will be a lot better than what it was on Wednesday night (against Northern Ireland).
'If we don't get an early goal then patience is important, but hopefully it's just a matter of time and we can get a few. It's hard to put a number on how many goals you are going score.
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'Obviously we want to score as many as we can so an early goal would be ideal. Patience might be a virtue and it could be a case of us prodding away if we don't get one early, but I'm sure the chances will come along.'
The Republic of Ireland and Poland have both put seven goals past Gibraltar in previous games and Whittaker's knows Strachan's squad will be expected to follow suit.
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'We've got to prepare to try and break them down,' he said. 'The manager has been tinkering with a little change of formation and how we're going to drag them around and create chances.
'We've watched them on videos and we can see how deep they are and how many men they get behind the ball, so we need to move the ball quickly and prepare for that in training. We need to stretch them and with so many people back there we need to try and play with a lot of width.
'We have to try and look for any gaps. We've got a really good choice of wingers, strikers and players who can play in the hole. We've got good quality up there, so I'm fully confident we can get a result on Sunday.'