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Donnelly laments poor second-half showing

“We didn’t deserve to come away with anything from the game with that second-half performance”

22 September 2019

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Gemma Donnelly was unhappy with her side’s second-half performance in the Continental Cup draw at Coventry United, labelling it as ‘poor’.

Rovers led through Ellie Stewart’s penalty before Coventry pulled level and won the penalty shootout to earn a bonus Group Stage point.

And Donnelly pulled no punches about the performance in the second 45 minutes.

“In the first half we grew into the game after 20-25 minutes and then we dominated the first-half and created good chances,” Donnelly said post-match.

“But we’ve not taken advantage of those. If we’re getting in those positions and creating those opportunities like we have done in the first-half today, they’ve got to go in the back of the net.

“It’s unforgivable that we’ve not had a greater advantage at half-time, which has allowed them to get back into the game and beat us on penalties.

“Everyone knows the next goal is so important. It either takes you further away from the team or gets them right back into it.

“This is no disrespect to Coventry, who were very good and pressed us across the park, but by our standards we were so poor in the second-half.

“We didn’t deserve to come away with anything from that game with that second-half performance.

“I don’t know if that’s tired legs or general lack of urgency or interest but it wasn’t good enough. And I’m really disappointed in the girls for that today.”

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