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Hill: It feels like a defeat

“The tide is going to turn soon for us”

23 September 2019

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Danielle Hill was disappointed to only come away with a point on her 100th Rovers appearance away at Coventry United in the Continental Cup.

The Blues led at half-time but couldn’t hold on, conceding in the second-half and losing the resulting penalty shootout to miss out on the bonus Group Stage point.

Rovers’ vice-captain made two crucial saves to keep the score at 1-1 in normal time before saving two penalties in the shootout and scoring one herself.

“It’s nice to get 100 appearances but it’s a bittersweet moment really,” Hill reflected after the game.

“First-half we were probably the better team, we should have gone two or three nil up. Second-half, they came back into the game as you’d expect.

“Their goal was definitely something we could alleviate. We’ll talk about that in training this week.

“Going to penalties, it’s luck. We’ll probably look at ours and say it’s not good enough. I’ve made two saves which should be enough but obviously it’s not in the end.

“It’s a positive to take a point as anything is better than nothing. But the girls are in the frame of mind that it feels likes a loss.

“We had the chances but we weren’t clinical in front of goal. We weren’t putting bodies on the line in front of our goal.”

Attention switches back to the Championship this week, for the visit of Charlton Athletic to Bamber Bridge.

And Hill is staying positive going into the next league game.

“We’ll reflect on Tuesday on what we need to do better. We’ll look for a positive week in training and to get a positive result next week.

“The last three or four games has been so close for us and we’ve just not had the rub of the green.

“We’re not a million miles away from any of the teams in this league. We’ve played Aston Villa and Sheffield United who are both good teams who will be up there this season.

“I think we’re really close. The tide is going to turn soon for us.”

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