A late Robert Snodgrass leveller wasn't enough to prevent the Scots suffering fresh heartbreak, with hopes of their first appearance in a major finals since the 1998 World Cup wrecked as they finished third behind Slovakia on goal difference.
Of course the players have to take responsibility for allowing a side with effectively nothing to play for but pride, and coming off the crushing disappointment of their injury-time defeat at Wembley, to emerge for the second half with more ambition than one which had glorious opportunity staring them in the face.
"We still have some games to succeed so we are hopeful", Slovakia's captain Marek Hamsik said. "I have got to look after the players". Fans can't hurt like them, I can't hurt like them, so there shouldn't be any talk about what I'm thinking, what I'm doing at this moment in time.
Yet after Slovenia's Roman Bezjak, who came on at the break, cashed in on poor defending from set pieces to head a 52nd minute equaliser and sidefoot a second after 72 minutes, Gordon Strachan's Scotland side needed a late surge to save the day.
Should Strachan either walk or be axed a potential appointment of Moyes, who is desperately looking to rejuvenate his managerial career, will continue to be the subject of widespread debate.
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"We knew set plays would be a problem and they scored from two set plays".
"They gave it a right good shot and left nothing in the dressing room".
'Technically we're fine. But our guys have to work harder to get on the ball than bigger lads at 6ft 3ins. "We can't change genetics".
"Away from home you're going to have to take a bit of pressure and counter; it's a great finish by Leigh (Griffiths)". But they can also feel really pleased with themselves'.
But he continued in denial mode, telling journalists: "Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours". It was the Tottenham striker's 15th goal in his last 10 games for club and country.
"We deserved to be beaten tonight because Slovenia were the better side".