Kerr looking for positive response from Switzerland defeat

FIFA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers
Scotland v Poland
Tuesday, 10 April 2018, kick-off 7.35pm
Paisley 2021 Stadium, Paisley

On Tuesday night in Paisley, the Scotland Women’s National Team are back on home soil and looking to return to winning ways.

Last week, Shelley Kerr’s side lost 1-0 against the top ranked team in the group in the shape of Switzerland.

After weathering a first half storm of attacks, the Scots came into their own in the second period, giving them hope and positivity ahead of the visit of Poland.

Switzerland top the group at the moment with 15 points, having played five games. Scotland lie in third but with two games in hand compared to the Swiss.

Team news

With no injuries sustained in the game against Switzerland, Shelley Kerr has a full squad to choose from.

Caroline Weir is set to make her 50th appearance for her country.

The 22-year-old has represented Scotland at all youth levels and captained Scotland Under-19s. Back in 2013, she won her first cap against Iceland in Reykjavik in a 3-2 win.

Read a full interview with Caroline where she reflects on her career so far

Captain Rachel Corsie is fast approaching her 100th Scotland appearance and is three caps away from reaching the milestone.

What to expect from Poland?

Poland are ranked nine spots behind Scotland in 31st place. Much like Scotland they will be aiming to bounce back from a disappointing last match where Poland drew against Albania in what was an unexpected result in Wloclawek.

They started the match on the front foot through a Katarzyna Daleszczyk goal after two minutes as well as dominating much of the play but an equaliser after 74 minutes secured a point apiece.

What are Shelley Kerr’s thoughts?

In Shelley Kerr’s second home game in charge, Kerr wants to see an improvement on Scotland’s performance on Thursday, building on a promising second half performance.

“I didn’t think we started the game very well on Thursday night and it took us a bit of time to cope with their pace and energy, especially up front,” she said.

At half-time once we made a few changes tactically, I thought it worked better for us. We were able to keep possession more, albeit we didn’t create many chances but let’s not forget they are a quality team and we’re going through a process of learning how to play against that level of opposition.

"I thought we took another stride forward in terms of our development on Thursday. Having worked with the players for a while and been involved with the national teams for a number of years I can see a big improvement and that gives me excitement going forward.

"That second half performance against Switzerland had a lot of positive aspects to it and that’s what we’ll be looking to build on against Poland.”

When assessing Tuesday’s opposition, Kerr said: “Poland are a team that are very strong and have some very individually talented players so we’ll need to be at our best because if we don’t, they will cause us problems, especially at set plays.

“They have already played Switzerland and narrowly lost, posing them a number of threats.

“On their day, they are capable of beating any team in our group so we know we’re going to be in for a tough test.”

Where can tickets be bought?

The ticket information is as follows:

Ticket Prices

Adult - £5
Concessions - £2
*SSC Members - Free

A cash gate will be in operation on the night.

What’s happening pre-match?

Soak up the pre-match atmosphere in Paisley on Tuesday night for Scotland’s World Cup Qualifier against Poland with our pre-match fan zone.

For the first time, we will be hosting a fan zone directly outside the stadium from 5.30pm up until kick-off after holding successful events across the country before Euro 2017 matches last summer.

Supporters are encouraged to arrive early to join in the fun, which includes:

  • Face painting
  • Balloon models
  • Music
  • Giveaways
  • Bouncy castles
  • Inflatable assault course
  • Beat the goalie

Where can the match be watched if you can’t make it to Paisley?

The game will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.