DONCASTER Rovers Belles manager John Buckley said he was pleased with the way the players acquitted themselves at Chelsea.
Second-from-bottom Belles slipped to a 2-1 loss on Sunday - despite a goal from Kasia Lipka - which condemned the club to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Buckley said: “There were a lot of positives to take from the performance.
“I think the first-half showing was the best we have played all year. I get on great with Chelsea’s manager and he said we absolutely battered them. The girls played so well and passed the ball brilliantly.
“It was just disappointing we conceded two goals from set pieces.
“You have to pick people up from set pieces and we just didn’t do that in the first half.”
He also heaped praise on 16-year-old striker Jessica Siggsworth, who caught the eye on debut.
“She is only a baby but she handled the situation really well,” he said.
“My plan was to give her 20 to 30 minutes but she has been doing so well in training I felt I had to give her a chance.”