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Everton manager Mo Marley was proud of her players after their narrow exit from the UEFA Women's Champions League this week.
Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Everton beat Roa IL 2-0 in the return match at Marine and came agonisingly close to turning the deficit around after pounding the Norwegian side for most of the 90 minutes.
"They were fantastic today and did everything we asked of them," Mo told Women's Soccer Scene after the game. "We've had a tough week and questioned ourselves - the players knew they had to step it up and the standard wasn't good enough previously.
"There wasn't much more they could have done today really, we had enough chances to have won the game three times over.
"We've done the job today but you could argue that we lost it last week really. You've got to be harder to beat away from home, we know we can beat anybody at home but left ourselves a little too much to do.
"We knew we were capable of scoring four goals today and it was there for everyone to see. Hopefully it won't affect us for the rest of the season, the performance was excellent today and a benchmark for us to take into Sunday's game.
"People will go away from the game and say that was a very, very good Everton performance and a dominant one as well. We'll kick ourselves that we haven't been clinical and that was the only thing we didn't do - that execution around the 18-yard box."
Mo admitted that her team had learnt a harsh lesson during the first leg in Norway. "It was a bizarre game and I don't think we responded to the circumstances but that's what European football is about," she said. "You can't just be dominant at home, the best teams are probably better away from home and it's a stiff lesson in the Champions League.
"We've enjoyed it in the Champions League but it's down to us to make sure we compete in it again. It's been a fantastic experience and we've had the highs and the lows already. We have done better than we did last time when we were inexperienced but we're stronger now and I'd like to think that, third time, we can get more success."
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