Lauren Williams revealed she and her teammates had taken a lot of positives from Sunday’s defeat to Coventry Ladies in the League Cup on Sunday.
Asked whether she felt the score reflected the Gills performance, Lauren admitted; “No I don’t think it really reflected our performance. We didn’t put enough intensity in for the opening 45 minutes and that came through and affected the second half as we kept pushing and pushing but the final pass or right quality of pass in the final third to get us a goal escaped us.”
“We still tried to do the right things and try to play in the right way with good combinations. We tried our hardest but I think if we upped our quality we would have scored a few goals.”
The journey to Coventry starkly contrasted to Gills Ladies previous visit, with the Gills enjoying a 4-0 victory. Lauren said it was always a good opportunity to play against the Sky Blues for the team to test themselves.
“Coventry are probably one of the strongest teams in our league, when we came here last time we proved we were up to their standard as they’d come down from the National Prem, so today it was a good test.’
“Our main focus is the league and we look forward to them coming down to us and playing on our ground. It’s important to play the higher teams but we take each game at a time and asssess our opponents one at a time.”
Whilst many factors attributed to the differing results, Lauren did admit the pitch conditions made it hard for both teams to bring quality to the tie.
“It was difficult but the girls played on a worse pitch at Nottingham but in certain areas it was hard as your foot just sunk into the ground. We still tried to play our game and pass it along the floor despite the surface when we could have got into bad habits and just plumped the ball over the top.”
Despite a disappointing loss, the Gills right back was pleased to get 90 minutes under her belt after a period out due to injury.
“I’ve been out with injury and then had to work for my place again. Lols has been doing really well in there and fortunatley today I had my chance to start and get a good 90 minutes under my belt and I need the minutes to get the fitness.”
Lauren added: “Hopefully, building up my game time I can reach my former fitness and get my touch and pass back but it’s good to be back with the girls.”
Lauren’s final reflections from the League quarter final trip proved to be positive and she and her team mates now begin to focus on an important league match against Portsmouth.
“It’s very important to take the positives but reflect on the negatives too as that’s part of the learning curve. We need to realise our intensity has to be at 100% from the first minute to the 90th.”
“We’ve got a lot of positives from it but it is important to carry that over to next Sunday, work hard during training throughout the week and we’ll get back out there on the pitch against Portsmouth.”