Scotland international defender Gary Caldwell believes it is far too early to write off the country's hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals.
George Burley's side started their road to South Africa in two years' time on the wrong foot following a surprise 1-0 defeat to Macedonia on Saturday.
The defeat left the critics believing another campaign of disappointment lies in store, although Caldwell thinks it is too early to judge whether they will qualify or not.
"To judge it over one game is incredible, to say we are out this early," Caldwell said. "We know we have got a team that is capable of winning games and qualifying.
"The reaction is a bit embarrassing to be honest - that people can judge people so early and jump on it as much as they do.
"They need to take a look at themselves really and get behind the country because we are all trying to do something that has not been done for a long time. A little bit of help would come in handy.
"I think it brings us together even more and creates a bit of a mentality that it's just us, and it really shouldn't be like that. It should be the whole country pulling in the same direction."