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Donnelly: We got the job done

“It’s the sign of a good team to not play as well and still get the result.”

17 April 2019

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Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly admitted that Rovers weren’t at their best in the 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town Ladies in midweek.

Two goals in each half from Saffron Jordan and Natasha Flint ultimately made it another comfortable evening for the three time champions. 

But the boss felt it could have been a better performance. 

“The result is great. The performance is probably not as great as I’d hoped. I thought we were really fortunate to go in 2-0 up at half-time. 

“We were on the back foot for a good portion of the first-half and Huddersfield will feel very hard done to. However, I think it’s the sign of a good team to not play as well and still get the result. 

“That was definitely us for the first-half but it’s goals that count. We scored two of them with our new wing-back Tash Fenton playing on the right as we had a couple of people missing in Lauren (Davies) and Chelsey (Jukes).

“It was a little bit of a makeshift team in terms of people playing out of position, but I thought they did a great job in the second-half and pretty much killed Huddersfield off early doors with the third goal and then it was ours for the taking. 

“It could have been five or six but I thought Huddersfield were excellent in the first-half and it was unfortunate for them. But that’s football.”

This was the third time that Donnelly’s side had faced the Terriers this season, with the Blues coming out on top in all three games. 

“I think we’ve improved since the first-time we played them. It was a close game in the league, winning 4-3, and then in the League Cup it was a significantly better result for us. 

“They’ve come to our home ground wanting to finish second and I’m really pleased that we’ve got the result. It shows the gulf between us and the chasing pack.” 

Rovers take on Crawley Wasps in the FAWNL Cup Final at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday, (2pm). 

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