‘One big win can turn round Scotland’s campaign’

Venue: Den Dreef, Leuven Date: Friday, 1 December Kick-off: 19:30 GMT
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Forward Kirsty Hanson admits Scotland must win Friday’s game in Belgium but says one big victory can turn around a frustrating Nations League campaign.

Scotland have taken one point from four games but Hanson does not believe the results tell the full story.

She says Pedro Martinez Losa’s side “can compete against the best”.

“Every game is a must win, isn’t it? We always want to win, we never go into games thinking we want to draw,” said the 25-year-old Aston Villa striker.

“We try to put on a performance, score goals and win. We just need a big win and hopefully that will happen against Belgium. A big win would really boost our morale.

“Maybe people just look at the results but we’ve definitely improved. What we’re doing on the ball, what Pedro is encouraging us to do – close connections – everyone feels confident now.”

Martinez Losa’s side are bottom of Group A1 and must beat Belgium then England at Hampden Park four days later to have a chance of avoiding relegation at the end of the inaugural competition.

Scotland have been beaten home and away by the Netherlands, lost in England and drew at home to this week’s opponents Belgium.

Hanson concedes it has been a steep learning curve and that the squad must develop the right outlook to find a way to qualify for the World Cup and European Championship.

“These teams are obviously very technical, they’re more physical and they’ve got very good footballing brains,” she added.

“So it’s about not thinking as much and moving the ball quicker, taking fewer touches. We need to be more switched on and more focused against the bigger teams.

“Everyone needs to believe in themselves and in each other. We know what we’re capable of.

“The other teams are obviously very tough. They’ve been to the bigger tournaments we’ve missed out on. That’s our biggest aim, to get to a big tournament.

“We’re sticking together, we’re a very close-knit group on and off the pitch. It’s a special feeling to come in to camp and you get better each day.”

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