Instead he was close to achieving his best result in the job, as Griffiths' first strikes for Scotland overturned a 70th-minute goal by substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Harry Kane has spoken of his pride at captaining his country but insists England boast "plenty of leaders" in their ranks as Gareth Southgate contemplates who will wear the armband on a permanent basis.
Kane, who was handed the captain's armband for the first time, said: "I would say that is probably the most special moment for me". I've shared the leadership around and that has been important for us as a team.
Gareth Southgate is looking to name a new skipper now that Wayne Rooney's global career is seemingly winding down, and Kane staked his claim by rescuing a point for the Three Lions with a stoppage-time equaliser at Hampden Park on Saturday. In the marines, they are life and death situations and we took as much as we could from the game and stood up to be counted.
"The challenge is how do we become the best team in the world?"
"I thought the boys put a great effort in, especially as some hadn't played for a long time and you could see we were getting a wee bit exhausted towards the end". It could be a big point for us.
"I don't think there's anything Joe Hart could have done about them and you just have to give credit where it is due".
"But you cant switch off against this England side, because they will punish you and that is what they did in the end".
Turkey says Qatar deployment aims to ensure security
The incident triggered a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbors. "We are now buying Turkish products", he said. But the states did not respond to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's warning of humanitarian consequences.
Scotland next travel to Lithuania and then host Malta and Slovakia, who are four points ahead of Strachan's side in second, before facing Slovenia away from home in their final group game.
"It's a day personally I'll never forget and a great stadium to do it in".
Strachan also hailed his team's character as fourth-placed Scotland missed the chance to inflict a first Hampden defeat on England since 1985 while dropping two Group F points.
"The atmosphere in the changing-room would have been a party if we'd won", he said.
He added: "I think that is fair (we need to be more clinical)".
"We come away fairly happy with it and in a good position to qualify for the World Cup".
"We have four games left and we could win all of them". The manager told me just before training on Friday.
"We got ourselves into decent positions, but could not finish".
Scotland headed into the game with few expectations after a disappointing 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign so far, whereas England had yet to even conceded a goal, and sat top of Group F.