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Donnelly: We showed why we are league champions

Rovers showed their character to come from two goals down at half-time

9 April 2019

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Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly praised her team’s spirit as they came from two goals down at half-time to win 5-2 against Nottingham Forest.

Saffron Jordan pulled a goal back for the Blues, before Lynda Shepherd scored from the spot to level the scores and Natasha Flint fired Rovers in front.

A second from Jordan and Sophie Charlton’s late goal increased the margin of victory.  

Donnelly said: “I’m really proud of the girls. I thought they were excellent second-half and it could have been more, but we’ll not get greedy. To score five in a half is excellent. 

“We let ourselves down in the first-half a little bit and started to play football in the 38th minute.

“We had a nightmare journey getting here and were sat on the coach for four hours, which isn’t ideal, but we turned it around so well done to the girls.”

The boss also gave credit to the opposition, who took a well deserved lead.

“Forest looked pretty organised, they wanted to play football, were challenging us and were better than us for 38 minutes. They wanted it more, we were still sat on the coach.” 

But it was her own team who deserved the most credit for their professional performance.  

“They’ve won the league, so other than the finals coming up you could say they could just sit back and see how things go. But they didn’t. 

“We’ve proved why we were champions second-half because I thought we dominated from start to finish in that half.

“We said at half-time it was a good opportunity to show what we could do. I didn’t want to be in that position but I was never concerned that we weren’t going to come out with a result, whether that was a draw or a win. 

“Praise has got to go to the players. It’s been a long trip down and we’re a little bit short on numbers with injuries and availability but they’ve pulled together and got the result. What more can you ask?”

Rovers are on the road again this Sunday, when they face Stoke City Ladies at Community Drive, (2pm). 

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