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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 May, 2003, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Scots must rise to German test
Christian Dailly played 45 minutes against Austria
Christian Dailly says Scotland cannot afford to dwell on the disappointment of defeat to Austria with the crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Germany on the horizon.

The West Ham defender, who won his 43rd cap in the dismal 2-0 friendly loss to the Austrians, knows Scotland will have to produce a massively improved performance to have a chance against the Germans, who visit Glasgow on 7 June.

"We have to prepare for the Germany game because we're still right in there with a good chance of qualifying," said Dailly, who was played in an unfamiliar left wing-back role on Wednesday night before being withdrawn at half time.

"The Germany game is going to be really difficult.

"Austria were quite a big, strong team but the Germans are bigger and stronger and they will play better football.

"We will really have to up our game."

Scotland are currently locked on seven points with Germany and Lithuania Group Five of the Euro 2004 qualifying competition.

The Scots have played four games, with the Germans one less and the Lithuanians one more.

"We've held our own in every qualifying game so far and we were really unlucky not to get anything from the last game in Lithuania, which would have put us in a tremendous position," opined Dailly, who admitted the nature of the Austrian loss was hard to take.

"It's always disappointing to lose but it hurts more when it's for your country," he told BBC Scotland.

"We never really got going and when you lose goals like we did it's always going to be an uphill struggle."

Coach Berti Vogts came in for a lot of criticism for tactics that saw a 3-5-2 formation with several players deployed in unaccustomed positions but Dailly believes the players must accept much of the blame.

"There's a lot said about systems but, while we did adopt an approach that was a little different for everyone, it doesn't excuse the performance.

"We can play a lot better than that.

"In saying that, we did go to a straight 4-4-2 in the second half and it suited the team a lot better."

Germany were also in friendly action on Wednesday night - managing a 1-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro in Bremen with an under-strength side.

"The fact that we were able to win again after the last matches which were not really good is very important," said German manger Rudi Voeller, whose team were held to a 1-1 draw by Lithuania in their previous outing and had lost to Spain and the Netherlands in friendlies before that.

Scotland take on New Zealand in a friendly at Tynecastle on the 27th of May, while Germany warm-up against Canada on 1 June.

Scotland's Christian Dailly
"We never really got going."

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