The only way is up
Wednesday, 26 August, 2009
Alex Scott says the England squad are now fully focused on Russia.
England defender Alex Scott feels the Three Lions can only improve in the competition after defeat in their opening game with Italy.
Hope Powell’s side squandered a half time lead in Helsinki to lose by 2-1, but having ten players for the majority of the game following Casey Stoney’s first half sending half was always going to take its toll.
"The red card did play a part in the game, but even though we were a player down for the majority of the game, we still feel disappointed because it was down to our performance that we lost the game,” said Scott.
"We didn't do the basics right, we didn't play how we know we can play and that allowed Italy to stay in the game, so even with ten players we are very disappointed with our own performances.
"We're a team that can play one or two touch football and we didn't do that at all on Tuesday, so as a team we made it hard for ourselves in the way we played - not because we were down to ten players.
"At the same time you have to take the positives out of the game, we were still in the game with ten players. It's just a matter of getting the balance right in how we reflect and move on to the next game.”
Attentions have now turned to Friday’s game with Russia and with two matches remaining in the group, Scott knows England can still turn it around.
"We know that Tuesday night was only the first obstacle of three group matches, so it's all to play for,” she added.
“If we get a good result against Russia and then go and beat Sweden we could still end up top of the group. There's two games, everything to play for and it's still early days in this tournament.
"We're focused on Russia, and I think they may be a harder test than Italy were on Tuesday but it's about us now.
“We need to step up to the plate and take ownership of our own performances. We know we have to deliver more than we did against Italy."