Shaun Maloney knows Scotland must improve quickly as a team to have any hope of qualifying for the World Cup finals after conceding they now face an uphill battle.
Craig Levein's men have taken just two points from their opening two home games against Serbia and Macedonia, despite hope and expectation of beginning the campaign with a maximum six points.
Although unwilling to write off hopes of qualification just yet, Wigan midfielder Maloney accepts the Scots must start delivering results or forget about Brazil in 2014. He said: "The dressing room was pretty disappointed at the end but if we improve, we know we can win games."
He added: "The bottom line is whether or not we improve. We will need to if we are going to have any chance of qualifying.
"I don't think our hopes are at an end just yet. It was obviously not the result we wanted, we've just made it very hard for ourselves now to qualify.
"It's certainly not impossible but it's going to be an uphill task.
"There were a few positives. There were some individual performances that were reasonably good but I think collectively, as a team, we are going to have to improve.
"If we are going to qualify, then we will need to improve as a team."
- Craig Levein
- Shaun Maloney