Swedes pounce on Scots’ mistakes to dent Cup hopes

Kim Little scored Scotland's goal

Kim Little scored Scotland's goal

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Scotland women boss Anna Signeul was disappointed by her side’s poor defending as their hopes of automatic qualification for the 2015 World Cup suffered a blow when they lost 3-1 to Sweden at Fir Park.

The Scots remain top of Group Four on goal difference although favourites Sweden have a game in hand and a 100 per cent record.

Defensive lapses proved costly as Caroline Seger and Kosovare Asllan scored from poorly defended corner kicks either side of a penalty from former Hibs star Kim Little.

An uncharacteristic error from veteran goalkeeper 
Gemma Fay gifted Asllani her second and knocked the stuffing out of the hosts.

Coach Signeul said: “It’s very disappointing to lose goals like that because we knew that they are strong on corners.

“We created some great chances but we had to run so much because they are so good.

“We weren’t just sitting back and defending, we were actually trying to attack and that also takes energy.

“We got tired in the second half and psychologically it was really tough to lose that third goal like we did.

“When we face Sweden again in September we will be stronger and we will be fitter.

“With the improvement we’ve had since the autumn and even the improvement from April, if we take strides like this all the time, we are there soon.

“We just need to continue to believe in what we do, have faith and try to be able to compete at this level in Gothenburg.”