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Lessons to learn

“They were well worked goals and they were deserved but equally I think we could have prevented them”

21 October 2019

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Gemma Donnelly felt Rovers should have defended better in the latter stages of the game as they fell to defeat at home to Durham.

Captain Saffron Jordan had equalised on the half hour mark after Durham went in front, but two late strikes condemned Rovers to a first defeat in the Continental Cup.

And the Rovers boss admitted she was disappointed with the manner of those goals, despite a positive first 70 minutes from the Blues.

“It’s a lesson to learn,” Donnelly said post-match.

“Mostly I’m satisfied with the performance. At large we limited Durham to trying to break us down and they found it tough, but I think it’s a fair result.

“Durham came out stronger, we conceded a goal from a set piece. But then we grew into the game and competed really well.

“We did enough up to 70 minutes, we were right in the game. It could have gone either way.

“I was pleased when we equalised, we deserved the goal. In the second-half, the strategy wasn’t to change because we nullified their threats.

“We needed to make a couple of subs as we had tired legs. But it changed the whole dynamic of the game and impacted on the ability of the team.

“They were well worked goals and they were deserved but equally I think we could have prevented them.

“I’m just grateful it’s happened during the Cup because it isn’t one of our priorities. But no one likes to lose and we were still on a high from last week.

“If I was to take and win and loss against Durham, I certainly would have taken a win in the league to get points on the board.

“It was a disappointing last 20 minutes but overall there are many positives to take. We’ll be analysing what happened and look to work on that over the week.”

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