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Butler immensely proud of players

14 September 2021

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Andy Butler was extremely proud of his side's performance despite defeat in the FA WNL County Cup on Sunday.

The Belles were narrowly beaten by a strong Loughborough Lightning side who ply their trade in the higher divisions and Butler had nothing but praise for his side.

Butler said: “All credit to the players, we went toe-to-toe with Loughborough and showed what we are capable of.

“We gave it a go and that’s what we ask for from the girls and they certainly did that. We tried a new shape and I’m really impressed by it.

“I’m proud to be part of this team, the attitude, the way they approach things and do things as a group is rewarding to see."

The introduction of Nadia Khan helped get the Belles back on level terms. Butler spoke about the importance of pace in the second half.

He added: “I thought Jasmine and Jess linked up well in the first half, however we started to fade a tad in the second. We thought we would freshen things up with Nadia. Her directness and her pace improved us and she scored a great goal. I think she was disappointed she didn’t get a second.

“There are massive positives to take away from this game. The way the girls approach games is first class. If we can keep our heads down, keep doing what we are doing we will cause teams problems."

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