Lee Gibson: It's time for Scotland to turn performances into points

Gibson was disappointed by the 1-1 Nations League draw with Belgium.

Lee Gibson: It’s time for Scotland to turn performances into points SNS Group

Scotland goalkeeper Lee Gibson admits her side’s 1-1 draw with Belgium in the Nations League feels like “two points lost”.

Scotland picked up their first point of the campaign at Hampden Park on Tuesday night thanks to Sophie Howard’s header with seconds left in stoppage time.

The hosts were dealt a major blow early in the game when influential midfielder Caroline Weir was taken off with a knee injury, but they had chances through Christy Grimshaw and Claire Emslie.

Despite creating some good opportunities, Scotland fell behind early in the second half to Kassandra Missipo’s header.

They continued to fight and managed to claw a goal back at the death when Gibson’s free-kick found Leicester defender Howard, who nodded home, but the keeper was disappointed not to come away with victory.

“I think maybe the first 20 minutes we had quite a few chances, their goalkeeper made some good saves,” said Gibson, who earned her 50th cap.

“If we can find ourselves 2-0 up at that point it probably eases the pressure on ourselves, but then through nothing we’re 1-0 down and chasing the game, they’re more than happy to sit in and waste as much time as they want.

“It’s one of those games where you’re at home and in the Nations League we need to try and take all nine points when we are here.

“We’ve built on really good performances over the last couple of months, but it’s still that we deserve better and we need to start putting those performances into actual points. As much as it’s a point gained, it’s probably two points lost.

“I think ultimately it’s disappointing not to come away with three points. I felt we dominated the majority of the game and then we find ourselves 1-0 down straight after half-time.

“We’ve had chances that we probably should’ve taken, but I suppose if you look at the grand scheme of things we’ve picked a point up at home.

“It is what it is, but it’s more disappointing than anything I’d say.”

The result leaves Scotland at the foot of the group A1 table with just one point, while Belgium top the pool with a win and a draw.

The Netherlands sit in second after beating England and Pedro Martinez Losa’s side will face the Oranje at the end of October.

Celtic forward Amy Gallacher earned her first call-up to the Scotland squad for this campaign, featuring as a substitute in the opening defeat to England and against Belgium, and she is hoping to take the positives into the next round of matches.

She said: “I think the group’s wide open, we’ll take the positives but also the negatives from this camp.

“Obviously the main thing in the group is to win games, but we’ll take the positives – a great performance against England and another great performance against Belgium.

“Probably could have taken more chances but we’ll take the point and move forward.”

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