Andy Butler says the Belles will keep improving after they edged passed Burton Albion on the opening game of the season.
After a scrappy first half, Belles took the lead early in the second half thanks to Hannah McWilliams’ header and could have extended their lead hitting the woodwork twice. They were lucky in the end though as the Brewers also hit the crossbar and failed to convert two one-on-ones.
“Three points is all that matters,” said Butler.
“It’s the first game of the season, players are nervous and they didn’t know what they were coming up against. I want them to believe in themselves a bit more because if they do the basics right, they’ll be alright.”
Butler believes the performance is only a start and the Belles will continue to build with belief and game time.
“I thought the first half was full of nerves and we looked a bit tentative on the ball, but in the second half they came out and gave a bit more and we got the goal,” he added.
“We hit the post and the bar, but they hit the bar and had some one-on-ones. We didn’t meet the standards that we set last week, but I’ll allow the players a game like that because it’s the first one of the season.
“I’m pleased with the result, the performance can be improved but it’s job done and three points."
Belles return home on Sunday when they face Sporting Khalsa at Oxford Street. Kick-off 2pm.