Doncaster Belles head coach wants more quality ahead of Leicester trip

Belles head coach Zoey Shaw wants a stern improvement from her players after their 2-0 loss at Birmingham and West Midlands last weekend.

Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 11:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 11:01 pm
Doncaster Belles' Becca Sausby. Pic: Steve Ellis.
Doncaster Belles' Becca Sausby. Pic: Steve Ellis.

Whilst Shaw says her side were unfortunate to be on the end of such a scoreline, she says that conceding from two set-pieces was particularly disappointing.

The Belles were unable to maintain their winning streak in the FAWNL Division One Midlands, falling to two second half strikes.

Shaw reflected: “It’s disappointing really.

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“I felt we played them off the park for the first half an hour or so, we had some good patterns, plenty of the ball and some good play, but they got a little bit of a grip in the game towards the end of the first half.

“We had a little regroup, a re-focus so we knew what our plan was going into the second half, and we just didn’t execute that, it was disappointing to concede from the first set-piece because you need to take control in those situations.

“Just as we thought we took a foothold in the game, they get the killer goal late on, but to be fair to Birmingham, they could’ve finished the game off in the first half.

“They had plenty of chances to score and our ‘keeper Kirsty Johnson really kept us in it with some great saves.”

The Belles are on the road once again on Sunday when they travel to face Leicester United.

Ahead of the trip to the East Midlands, Shaw is focused on making sure her side get together and regroup.

“I said to the girls after the game that that’s how football is,” Shaw added.

“But we’ll look to regroup once again and try and build up some momentum.

“We just can’t find that consistency at the minute and that’s what we need to find.

“We’ll get everybody in and see where we go from there.

“We need to look at some decision-making and make sure the players look for the right pass, and try to really build something.

“We’ll have to look at making sure we redefine some of our passages of play and that will then help us to improve our quality both on and off the ball.

“But we will make sure that everybody is ready to go again on Sunday.”