Doncaster Belles: Liverpool display bodes well

Leandra Little. Photo by Chris Brunskill

Leandra Little. Photo by Chris Brunskill

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The start to this season was exactly what we had wished for.

We went into the mid-season break unbeaten and top of the league.

Nicola Hobbs saves from Natasha Dowie (9) during the Belles' 3-2 Continental Cup defeat to Liverpoo. Photo: Julian Barker

Nicola Hobbs saves from Natasha Dowie (9) during the Belles' 3-2 Continental Cup defeat to Liverpoo. Photo: Julian Barker

We had also beaten FAWSL1 outfit Manchester City 2-1 in the Continental Cup.

However, since our return from the break we’ve found it difficult to get back into our full stride.

We dropped our first league points away at Millwall with a 0-0 draw - a game where we had plenty of goal-scoring opportunities.

The positive was that we were still creating chances, but Millwall had set up their game plan to frustrate us with 11 players behind the ball.

These last couple of weeks we’ve faced away trips to Everton and Liverpool in the Continental Cup.

Admittedly, we have not played the football we are capable of, or want to play, particularly in the Everton game or in the first half against Liverpool.

However, our second half display at the Reds was extremely promising.

We went in 3-0 down at half time but looked like a different team in the second half, pulling it back to 3-2 thanks to goals from Beth England and Jess Sigsworth.

With another 10 minutes on the clock I’m sure we could’ve grabbed an equaliser.

We’ll take great confidence from that display and put it into the top of the table clash with Sunderland on July 26 at the Keepmoat.

We know Sunderland will be highly-prepared, organised and motivated.

We will not underestimate them but will not fear them either.

We will be ready and are looking forward to the challenge.

If we perform like we did in the second half against Liverpool, I have no doubt we’ll pick up all three points and return to the top of the league.