Alex Scott feels England deserved more from Friday's USA friendly loss
PUBLISHED: 16:32 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:27 18 February 2015
Despite Alex Morgan's first-half goal handing the United States a 1-0 friendly win against England's women at Stadium MK on Friday night, WGC's Alex Scott believes the match represented progress.
The Three Lions were thoroughly outclassed by Germany in front of a record women’s crowd at Wembley last November, losing 3-0.
England have taken the positive route of playing the world’s top two countries (Germany first and USA second) in their last two matches as they get set to face the world’s best at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Canada and Scott believes there are signs of improvement.
The defender, who plays for Arsenal, told the WHT: “I think the game showed a vast improvement from the Germany game overall.
“We were very solid defensively and I think we should have got something out of it. We saw the replay of Jodie’s [Taylor] goal and it was definitely onside.
“Moving forward towards the summer, we have a system where we can be attacking and a system where we can be defensive and it was good for us to show our versatility against one of the best countries in the world.”
With the transatlantic rivalry fuelling this clash between the two-time world champions and England, Scott believes there was an extra edge to the match.
She said: “No game is a friendly and you always want to win, especially against the USA.
“Mark’s [Sampson] trying things with different players so everyone’s places are up for grabs going forward and in a game like USA, it is the perfect time to have a good game and show what you can do.”
With the Women’s Superleague campaign not underway until the end of next month, Scott and her Arsenal team-mates are in the midst of their pre-season schedule.
Despite having played 90 minutes of this hotly-contested defeat in Milton Keynes, Scott felt the workout was more helpful than hindering.
She continued: “Everyone has been doing a lot of work because it is World Cup year so we all want to be in tiptop shape.
“Personally, I feel in good shape and now it’s just about getting back in training with Arsenal.
“I am looking forward to it. The girls and I have been in pre-season now for three or four weeks and we just can’t wait for the season now.”