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We've a lot of belief - Kim
 Women's Football News 16 Sep 2012
We've a lot of belief - Kim - 16 Sep 2012 - Women's Football NewsKim Little believes the current Scotland squad is the best she's played in.
The Arsenal midfielder scored the winning goal in the 2-1 win over Wales that took Scotland into the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 play-offs. She was also part of the squad that reached the play-offs four years ago, narrowly losing out to Russia on away goals, and she believes this squad is much improved.
She told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "It was a great achievement to reach the play-offs four years ago, but we're much fitter and more experienced than we were then, and there's a lot of new young talent in the squad.
"We're better as a squad and we've got a lot of belief that we can qualify for the Euro finals."
Scotland went into the match requiring one point, while Wales needed a win to keep their own play-off hopes alive. Kim said: "We came into the game looking for three points. Wales made it hard for us and we knew they would.
"It was very similar to the recent match in Republic of Ireland. They also had to win to stay in the group and threw everything at us in the second half.
"We're just glad to get all three points and to know that we have the play-off place is a great feeling.
"We have a lot of experience now of being in this kind of position. We had to dig out two wins against Republic of Ireland, and we came back twice to get a draw in our first match against Wales.
"We know that we can fight back if we go behind. That experience will definitely help us in the play-offs, and if everything goes to plan, the Euro finals next summer."
Scotland went into this campaign without record goal-scorer Julie Fleeting, who is celebrating the birth of her second child, and Kim believes they have more than answered any questions about their ability to perform without the talismanic striker.
"We would have Julie in our squad any day of the week. She can score a goal out of nothing.
"But I think we've done well as a team to come together after losing such a big player, and I think we've shown that in every game in this campaign.
"We've scored in every game, apart from the away match against France, and we've got players all over the park who can make a difference for us."
Next up is group leaders France at Tynecastle on Wednesday. Bruno Bini's side have qualified comfortably, winning every match in the group so far. "We can definitely go into the France match feeling a bit more relaxed and just enjoy it," admitted Kim. "It's great to know that we have the play-off place in the bag as we prepare to play such a massive side.
"We'll be going out for the win on Wednesday as we always do, but it's good to know that the pressure is off."
Meanwhile Scotland defender Rachael Small told Women's Soccer Scene: "It feels amazing. We all knew coming here it was going to be a tough game but we all had the belief in each other we could do it.
"Luckily tonight we scored a couple of goals which were enough to beat Wales, so bring on France.
"It was a feeling of relief [when the final whistle went]. Everybody's happy now and we know we can still qualify as the second best team. We've got France on Wednesday so we will prepare for that and give it our all.
"As a worst case scenario we know we've got a play-off place to fall back on. There is no pressure but we are the sort of team to put pressure on ourselves because we know we are good enough to do it. It's on our own ground so we'll want to go out and put on a good performance, not only for our fans but we feel that we were unlucky when we played them away, so when France come to Tynecastle on Wednesday it will be a difficult game for them, I'm sure."

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