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Six points was our aim from the two matches last week against Israel and Republic of Ireland and I am pleased that we have succeeded in securing that.
However we know that we haven't yet done enough to secure that play-off position, we still have two more games to go in the group. Those two games in September is what we will be working towards.
It was a fantastic performance against Israel, especially in the first half. We worked hard as a team, on and off the ball, and fully deserved the win. We moved the ball well when we were in possession and worked to win the ball back when we lost it - putting all this together allowed us the confidence to score some fantastic goals and it was pleasing to do it in front of a home crowd.
In the second half we slowed down a bit and that was a disappointment for us, but going in 7-0 up at half time meant it was always going to be difficult to match the same level of performance for the second half.
The Ireland game was a complete contrast from the Israel match. They play a different style and both teams were in different positions leading into the game - Israel couldn't qualify whilst Ireland needed points to keep themselves in the race for second place.
We managed to get in front but it was a difficult second half as they were pushing to get the result they needed. We would all agree that we didn't play to our full potential in the second half but we did defend resolutely and limited the Irish chances on our goal. I do feel however that we showed enough in the first half and our character as a team to stick together, when Ireland started to make it difficult for us, is why we deserved to win the game.
As far as the Wales game in September goes, we know that it will be a tough match, but one that we relish. We will be using the next couple of months to prepare but in the meantime we will be concentrating on the next game against Cameroon in a few weeks.
We always look to win every game we play and we are reaching a level where we feel confident in doing do, no matter who our opponent is. We know that we slipped up when we played Wales at Tynecastle so we will be out to make amends for that and come home with the three points in that game.
This team has great character and we want nothing more than to be in Sweden in 2013 for the European Championships.
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