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We have nothing to lose

“We have some real potential and are in a position to give even the best teams a game”

21 November 2019

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Gemma Donnelly says her side can approach Thursday’s Continental Cup clash at home to Liverpool with no fear.

This is Rovers’ second consecutive Group Stage game due to the international break and having no scheduled fixture on Women’s Football Weekend.  

The Blues have picked up just a single point from the opening three matches in the Continental Cup, losing against Durham and Sheffield United after an opening day draw with Coventry United.

But Donnelly still wants to see a positive performance against the Reds, with a crucial league game against Crystal Palace coming up less than three days later.

“The Cup hasn’t brought us much joy so far,” the Rovers boss admitted.

“We’re enjoying being involved in the Cup for playing experience, but it’s not one of our priorities this season.

“It has allowed us to experience our opposition, given the majority are in our league, which can only provide us with a better opportunity when we face these teams again in the league.”

Donnelly has plenty of respect for her opposite number Vicky Jepson, whose side have endured a difficult start to their own league season in the WSL.

“Liverpool will pose us with a completely different challenge to the previous games in that they are a well established Super League team.

“Despite them having a rough season to date, I am sure that they will have in their mind to win and will want to take advantage of our slow start to the season.

“I truly believe that within the squad, we have some real potential. And we are in a position to give even the best teams a game.

“So we play with nothing to lose and will want to see how we fare against a top team.”

Tickets are available on the gate for the Conti Cup clash at Bamber Bridge. It's £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £2 for adults. 

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