Scotland players have no time to feel sorry for themselves after their weekend humbling from the Netherlands as they prepare to face Iceland in a vital 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier at Hampden on Wednesday.
The Scots were outclassed by the Dutch in the Amsterdam Arena on Saturday as the Group 9 leaders chalked up a 3-0 win against George Burley's side. The win put the Oranje eight points clear of their rivals in the race for automatic qualification leaving Scotland to battle it out for a potential play-off berth with Iceland, Norway and Macedonia.
Scotland's defeat moved Iceland into second spot on goal difference and assistant manager Terry Butcher knows Scotland now need a victory at Hampden if they are to keep their FIFA World Cup hopes alive.
"It was always a game we wanted to get three points from and it doesn't matter how we get them, as long as we get those three points," he explained.
"We don't have to play fantastic football, as long as we score one more goal than Iceland, then everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. All the other teams in our group have two games in June, so we have to win."
We don't have to play fantastic football, as long as we score one more goal than Iceland, then everyone can breathe a sigh of relief
Scotland and Iceland are locked on four points from four matches while Macedonia and Norway trail behind, having played a game less. And the former England defender believes it is vital for Scotland to improve their defending at set-pieces, after being caught out by the Dutch during their defeat in Amsterdam.
"It was particularly disappointing to concede that second goal," he said. "We know what we have to do. Set-pieces could be a big factor on Wednesday, and we are working on that.
"We have to have that awareness - and we will need that at Hampden." Scotland have been handed a huge boost with the news vice-captain Stephen McManus should be fit to face Iceland after missing the defeat in Holland with an ankle injury.
Spurs defender Alan Hutton is also in line for a starting place with 37-year-old Graham Alexander and Wolves player Christophe Berra likely to make way. Goals from Kirk Broadfoot and James McFadden claimed Scotland's only win in the qualifying campaign so far, and Burley's only win since he took charge of the national team in September last year.
Both players will miss the match at Hampden due to injury but one player expected to play is Eidur Gudjohnsen. The Barcelona star converted a late penalty for Iceland in their defeat against the Scots to ensure a tense finish and will be the visitors' main threat again.