Gillingham Ladies management team looked to take positives as their side were knocked out of the League Cup after a 1-0 defeat away at Coventry.
Manager James Marrs admitted he felt his team deserved a little more from the 90 minutes: “I don’t think the scoreline reflected the game, a draw would have been a fair result. I thought we had the majority of possession on the ball but just didn’t test the keeper enough or do enough in the final third.
“Coventry defended really well but we weren’t particuarlly tested in attack and their goal has come through our mistake. There was probably only going to be one goal in it and unfortunatley for us they’ve nicked it. It’s one of those things you’ve got to take on the chin and learn from.”
James maintained whilst his side lacked that final quality touch or pass to unlock the Sky Blues, the team performed several functions well.
“Our quality wasn’t there, our touch was poor, movement wasn’t as good as it should have been and that was the different today. There was not much else wrong, our shape was good, we were solid defensively some players had too poor a touches and didn’t create the movement we’re used to which meant we didn’t create as much in the final third as we’re used to.”
Assistant Manager Jack Wheeler believes the defeat will help the side as they begin to turn their attentions back on the league.
“The girls haven’t tasted defeat in a long time and you could tell in the dressing room after. The girls were deflated and disappointed after the loss, so in a sense that taste of defeat will propel them to not want to be on the end of a negative result again.”
Jack added, “We’ve got some food for thought next week in terms of selection, everyone’s name is in the hat for the starting eleven which is good for squad competitiveness. It was a disappointing result but it’s one which we can iron out and amend the small errors now before we crack on with the league.
James re-iterated that work on the training ground will be done to help the girls as they prepare to take on Portsmouth as they travel to another fixture.
“We’ll focus a lot more on our quality, our touch, movement on the ball and that’s the three key things we’ll work on as that wasn’t there today and we need to make sure it’s sorted for the game against Portsmouth.”
“Portsmouth are a similar side to Coventry, we know they’re going to make it very difficult for us to play so we need to make sure we’re doing the basics very, very well which is what we’ve been doing for the majority of the season so far.”
James concluded: “We just weren’t at the races today and sadly when you’re not at the races against another team in your league you’ll be punished.”
“We know what we need to do, the girls know what they need to do this week, so we will be up and running and ready to go for Sunday”