James Morrison: Scotland must beat Belgium to retain World Cup hope

Shaun Maloney (left) and Steven Fletcher (right) hail Scotland scorer James Morrison
James Morrison scored for Scotland against Wales and says only three points against Belgium will do.SNS Group

James Morrison believes victory against Belgium is vital to give Scotland ‘a little bit of hope’ in World Cup 2014 qualifying Group A.

Craig Levein’s men are second bottom with two points after three matches after their 2-1 defeat to Wales in Cardiff.

Morrison fired the Scots into a half time lead before a double from Gareth Bale saw the hosts run out as winners.

The 26-year-old feels only a win will do in Brussels, saying: "There is probably a little bit of hope if we win in Belgium. We get that belief again and that's all we can do.

"We've got to regroup quickly or else the group is going to pass us by.

"Basically, we've got to win in Belgium. We've just got to remain positive, that's all we can do.

"They are probably the favourites for the group and they've got some great players but we can't think too much about it.

"We just need to get on with it and look forward to the game. They are a good team but football is a funny game.

"We will go there and try to regroup and get a game plan and take it into the Belgium game."

Craig Levein was unhappy that Steven Fletcher’s goal was ruled out, a sentiment echoed by Morrison.

He added: "In the first half we created chances. In the second half, Fletcher's goal was a genuine goal.

"We've been done by the linesman. I don't know what he has seen.

"At 2-0, I think we would have won the game. It's a clear goal so that's probably the main disappointment.

"It was really sore. We were cruising going into half-time and then we were a different side coming out.

"We played a lot of long balls which didn't work and we let their main player Gareth Bale get on the ball too easily."

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