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Donnelly: An accomplished performance and result

“They stuck to their jobs and we’ve got the result that we wanted”

15 April 2019

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Rovers Ladies boss Gemma Donnelly was delighted with the performance and result as the Blues swept aside a stubborn Stoke City Ladies outfit.

Rovers won 4-0 to extend their winning league run to five games.

“We got off to a really good start and scored two early doors which enabled us to settle,” Donnelly said post-match.

“I thought Stoke took a little bit of control in the game towards the back end of it, but we matched them across the park so we were pleased at half-time to be 2-0 up and had put in a positive performance. 

“We dominated in the second-half with another two goals and another penalty and I thought we created enough to warrant the scoreline. 

“The girls have done really well. They stuck to their jobs and we’ve got the result that we wanted.

The Rovers boss was fully prepared for a battle against a physical team. 

“We know what we’re going to get when we play Stoke, coming here is always a tough ask. It’s a tough team to be up against and a tough ground to come to.”

Donnelly is pleased with team’s recent form and the fact they haven’t taken their foot off the gas after being crowned league champions.

“We’ve hit 60 points in the league now, we’ve gone five unbeaten and it bodes well for the final stages of the season with the cup games and the remaining three league games. 

“We are worthy champions because we can pull out consistent performances like that. 

Four different players got on the scoresheet in the Potteries and Donnelly admitted it was nice to see the scoring being shared around. 

“It means we’re not reliant on the top two. Saffron (Jordan) and Tash Flint have been bagging all season and have done a tremendous job. 

The pair have netted 73 times between them this season and are fighting it out at the top of Rovers’ scoring charts. 

“There’s a little bit of healthy competition with Sophie Charlton, but of course coming from across the pitch as well. It would be tough to highlight key players to pick out, because anyone can score from the team.”

Rovers are straight back in action on Tuesday night, at home to Huddersfield Town Ladies at Bamber Bridge, (7:45pm). 

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