Craig Levein’s men have kicked off their UEFA qualification with two home draws against Serbia (0-0) and Macedonia (1-1) and Wigan Athletic attacker Maloney is aware that their performances will have to get better for next month’s trips to Wales and Belgium.
"The dressing room was pretty disappointed at the end but if we improve, we know we can win games,” he said.
"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."