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Scotland have plenty to build on despite loss, maintains Little

 

Kim Little
Kim Little

By Phil Medlicott

Kim Little felt Scotland showed signs of the ability they possess in Sunday's 2-1 loss to England at the Women's World Cup.

Scotland, making their first ever appearance in the tournament, had little joy in the first half in Nice as England bossed proceedings and went 2-0 up.

Things were different after the break and Shelley Kerr's side set up a tense finish when Claire Emslie scored with just over 10 minutes to go.

Scotland midfielder Little said: "We're disappointed we didn't get any points from the game. But from our first to second-half performance you can see improvement.

"We have natural ability in our team and I think it was eventually going to come through at some point.

"We just flattened in midfield a bit to create less space for England and make it easier to pick up the ball, especially myself and Caroline (Weir).

"We did that more and had a bit more belief."

Nikita Parris opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a penalty awarded via VAR, and Ellen White curled in the second shortly before half-time.

"When they scored the first goal, I think we then naturally dropped off because of the pressure of going 1-0 down, so we need to maybe learn from that and maybe be a bit more on the front foot if that is to happen again," Little said.

"But they are obviously a great team, and you have to give them respect - they are ranked third in the world for a reason (Scotland are ranked 20th).

"It's three points gone, but we've got six more we can get. So we'll look forward now and hope to do that."

Meanwhile, Argentina and Japan yesterday fought out a 0-0 draw in Paris, while Canada defeated Cameroon 1-0 in Montpellier.

• England's World Cup victory over Scotland was the UK's most watched women's football game of all time, according to the BBC.

Sunday's match attracted a peak of 6.1million watching on television and a 37.8 per cent share of the available audience.

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