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Looking forward to play-offs...
 Women's Football News 21 Sep 2012
 
Looking forward to play-offs... - 21 Sep 2012 - Women's Football NewsThe past week has seen us experience contrasting emotions but the most important thing is that we are still in the running to qualify for the Euro Finals after booking our place in the play-offs. 
 
We all knew coming to the Wales game that it would be tough but we all had the belief we could do it and get the result we needed to ensure we finished in the top two. We scored a couple of good goals which were enough to win the game and we were all happy with that.
 
Nerves did start to kick in near the end as we were a goal ahead and Wales threw everything at us but we dug deep and we all did really well to get behind each other. Nobody got on anyone else's back if there was a mistake and we all just battled on.
 
We had to come from a goal behind but it's the Scottish way - do it the hard way! We knew it was going to be a very difficult game but that belief we had paid off for us in the end.
 
Joanne Love headed in a vital equaliser on the stroke of half time, a great time to score and arguably the most important goal she has scored for Scotland. Jo does it in training all the time when we work on set pieces so it was no real surprise to us when she did it against Wales. Kim Little's second half goal turned out to be the winner and when you have Kim, you always have a chance - Kim does it week in week out for Arsenal and she continues to do it for Scotland as well. She's a great asset to the side and it was a really good goal.
 
Jennifer Beattie had a great match up front, she gave Wales a lot of problems. They have a couple of big girls playing at the back for them but she never gave them a minute the whole game and that was the kind of performance that helped us get the three points in the end.
 
When the final whistle went, the feeling was just relief from the squad. We knew we still had the France match to prepare for but the worst case scenario was that we were going to be playing in the play-offs.
 
However we did come back down to earth when playing France and I think the 5-0 scoreline was probably a true reflection on the game. France are a top team and were clinical in taking their chances. Looking back on the game, we created a few chances ourselves which maybe on another day we would have scored but credit goes to France who topped off a fine campaign with a great performance.
 
A lot of hard work was put in against Wales to get the win we wanted which then gave us the certainty going into the France game that at worse we have secured a play-off spot. I feel that were competing well against France, however we gave them two soft goals which knocked our confidence a bit, then in the second half I think our legs began to tire and they started finding the gaps between us.
 
I don't think this result will knock our confidence in any way. A 5-0 defeat is always a disappointing loss, however there are positives to take from the game - we will learn from mistakes and move forward as a squad to prepare for the games next month. We know we have worked hard and earned our rightful place in the play-offs and we look forward to the draw to see who were are going to come up against. Obviously we know that whoever we get will be a tough challenge for us but it is one which we will relish and look forward to playing. We firmly believe that we are good enough to get through the play-offs and reach the finals in Sweden.

 
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