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Donnelly: It’s a cruel game

“I’m extremely disappointed because we’ve given an excellent account of ourselves”

9 December 2019

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Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly was almost lost for words after her side threw away a lead at home to London City Lionesses on Sunday.

The Blues took the lead when Saffron Jordan struck in the box, but within 60 seconds the away side were level, before a late winner from Flo Fyfe consigned Rovers to back-to-back league defeats.

During a strong second-half performance it was Rovers who were pushing for the winner, but managed to concede at the other end after failing to clear their lines at the back.

“The error at the end, it’s cost us the game,” a frustrated Donnelly said after the match.

“The girls dominated the second-half, played exceptionally well and I thought a goal was coming.

“We strung together a few set pieces in a row but that goal was just comical to give away and so poor after as a team collectively we’d worked so incredibly hard.

“So I’m extremely disappointed because we’ve given an excellent account of ourselves today.

“We’ve come off the pitch and been beaten with a performance that in many games would have been deserved of three points.”

That level of performance made it all the more frustrating that her side could not turn it into putting three points on the board.

“I thought we played well first-half, too. We tried to be strong, beat them to the ball, work on second balls, make sure that we exploited the wide areas - which I thought we did better in the second-half.

“Get players into the box, be brave to get their heads on the ball, we committed bodies through our attacks.

“We did really well and that goal has just come out of the blue. I’m not sure Fran has been threatened at all in the second-half.

“That’s football, it’s a cruel game. But it doesn’t help us at this moment in time.”

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