Fay-tal Mistake Cost Game

Last updated : 04 May 2004 By Ed_ScottishFitba
Coach Vera Pauw
Scotland's women may have lost to the World champions but coach Vera Pauw saw that progress had been made. The last time the teams met, Scotland were on the wrong end of a 5-0 drubbing. Sunday saw Some pride being restored with only two late goals distorting the scoreline to 3-1 to the visitors. Pauw had some words of encouragement for Hibs goalkeeper Gemma Fay after she recovered from giving away the first goal. Fay was at fault for the Germans’ opening goal at Almondvale when an attempted clearance was blocked. Unfortunatley for Scotland and Fay, the ball fell kindly for Kerstin Garefrekes who calmly slotted the ball underneath Fay in the 15 minute. Fay, who was winning her 59th cap, wanted the ground to open up as play restarted but she recovered her composure to deliver a great performance.

Pauw, who knows her side are now looking to Ukraine to slip up if they are to have any chance of qualifying for next year’s European championship finals, insisted Fay was a key player in her side’s attempt to cause an upset against Germany. She said: "
I hope she is proud. She feels like she has lost the game for our team but she made so many great saves to deny Germany. Mistakes can happen, but I am really happy with the way she picked herself up to frustrate them so many times in the second half. It’s not in our hands now, a draw would have put it back in our hands. Apart from the two defensive mistakes Gemma can be proud. They showed why they are world champions but the way we played we could have got a draw or even a win against them, because we had chances. But we have to be proud because there are no teams in this group who have given Germany such a difficult game, but we gave them two presents. We have definitely taken a step in the right direction although I am not happy with the performance."

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