Robson still hopeful for 2010
Barry Robson insists Scotland's World Cup hopes are still very much alive despite the 0-0 draw with Norway.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 13/10/08 10:29am
Barry Robson insists Scotland's World Cup hopes are still very much alive despite Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Norway.
George Burley's men have left themselves with little room for error as they aim to reach South Africa 2010 after winning just one of their opening three Group Nine games.
That leaves Holland top of the group by two points and the Dutch also have a game in hand over Scotland.
Despite the result, Robson felt it was an encouraging performance against Norway and the Celtic midfielder has urged the Tartan Army to keep the faith and stay behind the national team.
"All of us need to stay together and do as well as we can," he told the Daily Record.
"We are in the same position we were before the game. I don't think it's dead and buried by any means.
"It was a bit frustrating that we only got a draw. We dominated for the first 25 minutes and in the second half we huffed and puffed a bit but also played well in stages. We had a few balls which went across goal but I'm afraid they didn't go in for us.
"Norway are in a similar position as us. There are a lot of positives we can take from this game and we still have a chance.
"We've got the Argentina friendly coming up next (19th November). The boys will meet up for that and I'm sure we will talk about this game," Robson continued.
"The manager will review it and we'll look at the things we did well and things we can improve on. It has to be positive. We're not going to be negative.
"We all have to come together as a nation and try to qualify for the World Cup. I definitely think it's still possible. For me, it's nowhere near over."
Norway host Holland on Wednesday while Scotland, who lost their opening qualifier 1-0 in Macedonia, must travel to Holland for their next qualifier on March 28.
"We have to go over to Norway and win, and judging by this performance, we can do that," Robson added.
"They have still to go to Macedonia, which is not an easy place, and both ourselves and Norway have still to face Holland. There is plenty to play for.
"I said before the game we were going for the top spot and that's because you have to aim high. We have beaten Holland here once before. You can't just aim for second or third. It's not the way you look at football."