"Two special free kicks and all of a sudden we're in stoppage time 2-1 down but it was unbelievable character to get that second which still leaves us top and in a great position". You score a goal and then - I don't know high the percentage would be - the other team score in the next couple of minutes.
"We can only take steps at a time and work as a team to improve every area - whether that's technical, tactical, psychological".
"We should have been further ahead - if you don't get the second goal, you run the risk of an equaliser at some point. There was a real quality finish as well, under pressure, to get the point", he said. "If you look at the fixtures we've got, we're capable of winning them all if we can perform like that".
"Scotland's no easy place to come, especially when you're 2-1 down in stoppage time; it makes it a little bit sweeter that we got something from it".
"There aren't many English players in those positions in the Premier League".
"And that's what was so good about Griff, to put the work he put in, and then to have a free-kick when you are exhausted at the end of the game and be able to execute it, was phenomenal".
"There's no one else", Southgate said when asked about the apparent dearth of exactly the kind of controlling - and creative - central midfielder England require to guide games like this raucous World Cup qualifier away to Scotland to a more positive conclusion. I have a steady mind and I know my ambitions, I know what I want to do, and this team has great ambition.
Scotland had started the game aggressively, roared on by a capacity 52,000 crowd but England gradually took control and ended the first half looking increasingly risky.
"When I first came into the England squad, Wazza [Rooney] was great with me".
England, who were not impressive overall, remain top of Group F on 14 points while Scotland are in fourth spot on eight points.
"I felt we controlled the game for large parts and eventually opened the scoring with about 20 minutes left".
"We proved that on our day we can match anybody". We played a team with four or five at the back. He told me just before training on Friday.