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Shaw: Defeat tough to take

5 September 2019

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Belles head coach Zoey Shaw felt defeat was harsh on her side after they lost 2-0 away at Long Eaton United on Wednesday.

The hosts scored both goals in the second half despite positive play from the Belles at Grange Park, and Shaw believes her side need to regain that clinical edge in front of goal.

“It’s a bitter one to take for us really, I felt the game was quite equal all the way throughout, both teams had chances in the final third, but they managed to find that clinical edge, they took their chances and we didn’t,” she said.

“We regrouped at half time and spoke about getting forward more and we did start out really well after the break, we rode it out well for the first 15 minutes of the second half but then a little lapse in concentration has cost us.

“We’d have loved to have kept our momentum going and pick up a point or three after last week, we just have to move on now, crack on and our focus switches to Sunday now with another game at home.”

The Belles now face another quick turn-around with a home game against Sporting Khalsa in the FAWNL Division One Midlands, and Shaw will be looking for a win to round off a hard week’s work.

“If we can get six points out of a possible nine from the last eight days then that’s not the end of the world, we would be fairly happy with that, obviously we’d like to have more but that’s still fairly solid,” she added.

“This league is such a tight league, it’s one where anyone can beat anyone, it’s really open and teams that are at the top can be flying one minute and knocked for six the next, we know if we can find consistency we can become stronger.

“We’ll come in and have a lighter session in the week between now and Sunday, we’ve had a heavy week so far but everyone is focused and set for Sunday, we don’t know too much about Sporting Khalsa but we have to make sure we’re ready for anything.”

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