Women's World Cup 2015: Wales full of confidence - Matikainen
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Wales Women will travel to Belarus in confident mood following their 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Turkey says manager Jarmo Matikainen.
Sarah Wiltshire scored the only goal as Wales stayed five points behind Group Six leaders England.
Matikainen says Wales are capable of securing their sixth win of the campaign against Belarus on Thursday.
"We've got another very, very difficult game ahead of us in Belarus but we go there full of confidence," he said.
"If we keep playing our game and if we keep improving then the results will take care of themselves."
Group leaders England need just four points from their last three qualifiers, which includes a trip to Wales, to reach the 2015 Women's World Cup finals after a comfortable 3-0 win in Belarus.
Wales are second and six points ahead of third-placed Ukraine, who have two games in hand over Matikainen's side.
Four runners-ups from the seven groups will go into two rounds of play-off matches for the remaining World Cup spot.
Wales strengthened their grip on second place with an unconvincing 1-0 win over Turkey at Haverfordwest's Bridge Meadow.
But Matikainen knew a repeat of the 5-1 win achieved away in Turkey earlier in the campaign was always going to be unlikely.
"We knew that this was a big game in every way and knew also it was going to be a difficult game," he said.
"Turkey came to Wales after having an excellent away game in Belarus, beating them 2-1, which is a really good result.
"We knew they would be full of confidence. We scouted that game and we knew they were going to play exactly the same way, defend deep.
"In a way it's excellent that teams come to Wales to defend. That shows some respect for the work that the girls have been doing and for us. It's a different challenge.
"They did that really well and made it difficult for us but we got the three points and that's the most important thing."