Scott positive after draw

Jill Scott, left, said the draw with Sweden would help GB's women's footballers at the Games

Jill Scott, left, said the draw with Sweden would help GB's women's footballers at the Games

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Midfielder Jill Scott emerged from Team GB's final warm-up football game against Sweden confident there is more to come before their Olympic campaign gets under way.

Hope Powell's side drew 0-0 with the Swedes, who finished third at last summer's World Cup finals in Germany, at Middlesbrough Riverside stadium, and arguably shaded a tight affair. Indeed, they might have snatched victory had substitute Rachel Yankey's 70th-minute shot crept inside the post rather than crashed back off it.

Scott said: "We have been together now for about 10, 11 days and we are really excited. It's good that we have played and we have got a bit of momentum. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the win, but we can take this performance into our game against New Zealand, analyse it and see where we can do better."

The side will open their Olympic account against New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday.

Like the men, who lost 2-0 to Brazil later the same evening, the women, the first to represent the home nations at the Olympics, deliberately chose difficult opponents to help them get up to speed for the tournament.

The GB team enjoyed the better of the first half, although were unable to make the most of the openings which came their way. And, while they found themselves having to defend after the break, they finished strongly to suggest they could have a say in the destination of the medals.

Scott said: "Sweden are always up there with the best and they always give us a good game, but as Team GB, we just wanted to test ourselves against the best and to not lose and get the draw - and we did have chances, to be fair.

"There were a few shooting opportunities that we maybe could have done a bit better with and Rachel Yankey hit the post in the second half, so all in all, it's a positive going forward."

Scott and her team-mates have spent the past few days training at Middlesbrough's Rockliffe Park training headquarters alongside the men, and that has proved a valuable experience.

Asked if she had given Stuart Pearce's captain Ryan Giggs any tips on midfield play, the Everton midfielder replied with a smile: "I need some tips from him. To be fair, he has chatted to all the girls. We had a conversation with him yesterday and he is lovely."

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