He says he is happy with "three-quarters" of Scotland's performances in the two opening Group F games - the 5-1 win in Malta and the 1-1 draw with Lithuania - and he wants his side to take the "crosses, chances, excitement" from the second half at Hampden on Saturday into Tuesday's game.
Thompson also questioned Strachan's insistence before the match that Scotland did not need to take three points from the visit of Lithuania.
The Lithuanians had their own claim, and Stieler again told the fall-guy to get up.
Slovakia are back thanks to Mak. "They've put so much work in over the last couple of games and got little reward". I'm wondering how he can't see that.
Scotland needed to maintain the pressure they had built in the latter stages of the first period as the second kicked-off but walked out to find the home side with a renewed focus. Jakob Holubek was able to swing in an enticing cross for Marek Hamsik, in yards of space, to head goalwards. The captain was relatively quiet and it was players like Mak who were causing problems.
"As I said before, it is a insane group but the priority is to get on the plane and send these guys away.it is not easy for them". Too often global football is slow and ponderous but Mak did his best to change that with his play. "Bannan, McArthur and people like that kept plugging away". It seemed destined for the net but Georgas Freidgeimas' head was in the way and the ball was knocked wide to Robertson again and his low cross for Martin at the backpost was cleared. Martin showed some good touches as Scotland began to improve in possession.
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"We created more opportunities in the second-half, we were aware of their quality of counter-attack and it is disappointment that we haven't stopped them from scoring".
The left-back then delivered a brilliant cross for Martin, who headed inches wide of the far post.
The 25-year-old Mak outwitted defender Russell Martin before slotting the ball past Marshall. David Marshall's parry was ineffective allowing the lurking Robert Mak to thrash his shot beyond the goalkeeper.
Otherwise it was shadow boxing, with the visitors ahead on points, before disaster struck for Scotland seconds after Steven Fletcher appeared to be impeded by Durica as he threatened the Slovakia box. Robert Mak, scored two goals and grabbed an assist, as Slovakia off the mark in group F.
68' - GOAL! SLOVAKIA 3-0 (NEMEC) Oh dear. Scotland hasn't qualified for a major global tournament since France 1998 and their next World Cup qualifier is next month against arch-rivals England at Wembley.
This is the first time Slovakia have scored in four games.