Scotland’s hopes of reaching their first World Cup are alive and well following a dramatic match in Kielce.
Shelley Kerr’s side were 2-0 down with 12 minutes left on the clock but her side demonstrated impressive resilience to bounce back and notch three goals in the dying moments.
Goals from Kim Little, Jane Ross and Lisa Evans sent the Scots into delirium and now puts the team high on confidence ahead of their last two games.
Scotland face Switzerland, at the end of August, who are placed three points ahead of them at the moment. A win by two clear goals would see Shelley Kerr’s side overtake them going into their final game against Albania away from home.
Shelley, what were your feeling after that incredible 90 minutes?
I am so proud of everyone involved in preparing the team this week but more so the players.
The 23 players all played their part in an outstanding performance.
We were disappointed to be 2-0 down in the game and I couldn’t really work out why that happened as we dominated throughout. They were two bad goals to concede.
The desire, passion and ruthlessness the players showed to go on and win the game in the last 12 minutes tells you a lot about this group of players.
What does that result do in terms of keeping the momentum going in the campaign?
That result shows me signs that we’re maturing as a team. I always say you have to find a way to win games and I can’t believe the character they showed.
It’s not the way you’d want to win a game but there were some great individual performances and I am absolutely delighted.
We now have two games left and that result will put Switzerland under a little but of pressure. We’re where I wanted to be going into that match so that makes it a huge game to look forward to.
We’re where we want to be right now.
Did you always believe your side would be able to complete the comeback, as a lot of chances were created throughout the 90 minutes?
As a former player and coach I know that 2-0 is a horrible scoreline as a goal could change everything.
We created a number of chances, hitting the woodwork a few times and our substitutes made a difference again.
I never think a game is done and I think Poland sat in when they scored their second. That allowed us to get more joy.
It’ll take me a while to reflect on that match but now we need to look to Switzerland and Albania knowing we can potentially reach a World Cup.