McGregor: We won't give up

15 October 2012 08:17

Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor has refused to give up hope of salvaging their World Cup qualifying campaign with a win against Belgium.

Craig Levein's men head into Tuesday's clash in Brussels second bottom of Group A following Friday's 2-1 defeat to Wales. They need to secure what would be an unexpected victory against the section favourites.

"It is always important to bounce back when you don't get a good result and it is especially so now," McGregor told the Scottish Football Association website.

"Obviously qualifying has become more difficult now but we can't give up, and we need to look forward to the Belgium game with belief that we can take something from them."

Scotland were on course for a first win of the campaign in Cardiff when James Morrison fired them into a first-half lead against the Welsh.

Steven Fletcher than had what appeared to be a perfectly good goal disallowed, before the home side hit back to snatch the points through a late Gareth Bale double, which included a debatable penalty.

McGregor added: "The group was always going to be a difficult one and it has become even more difficult now, but we have to take the positives, block out the negatives and do our best to get a result in Belgium."

Defender Christophe Berra knows the odds are stacked firmly against Scotland ahead of the clash in Brussels, but he pointed out that they have risen to the occasion in the past when written off.

He said: "They are a top team, with world class players, but we have done it before. We did in France.

"When we're down, we always seem to bounce back. We didn't play badly against Wales. Lady Luck just didn't go our way."

Source: PA

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