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More negatives than positives...
 Women's Football News 18 Feb 2011
More negatives than positives... - 18 Feb 2011 - Women's Football NewsIt's fair to say that our 4-2 defeat to Scotland was not a good way for us to start the year off.
For me, there are more negatives than positives to take from the game but, from any game, I believe if you look hard enough, you can find positives. The only ones we can take are our work rate and attitude but but when it comes to the football, I don't think there are too many positives apart from counter attacks and that we scored two good goals.
Helen deserved her goal and Gwen's was a good finish but that's about it really. We had a good 5-10 minute spell just after half time when we bombarded them but football wise, we could have done a lot better.
The goal we conceded right on the stroke of half time was a big blow to us and I think when we look back on it, we'll find out that our positioning was wrong to allow a midfielder to run through like that. It's not good from a team perspective at all but to be fair they caused us a lot of problems - I'm not going to say that we were unlucky or that they were lucky as they deserved their win but they scored probably one good goal out of the four and the others were from our mistakes, although they will probably turn around and say the same thing for our goals.
The third goal also came at a particularly bad time for us and especially the way it happened. However I would never say that a player should not have made that pass because I believe in the ball being played out from the back, but I suppose there are times and places, when you have just got back to 2-2, that you would tell your defenders to play it forward and turn the other team around for five minutes. But these things happen and it doesn't matter how that goal was scored, it was the fact that we conceded when we did and it just killed us off. Heads went down and even their fourth goal was bad defending from the whole team.
It was unfortunate that the injury to Kylie Davies happened as we had worked on that back four for the past two days, but injuries are part and parcel of the game. It was difficult for Nia Jones and Sophie Ingle to come in but I don't think they had particularly bad games and both did a good job. It's all about learning their position at international level and it is something they will need to do, but I think they are both good enough to do that and I have 100% faith in Nia and Sophie if that is the way that Jarmo wants to go.
For myself as a player in the national team, I have so much faith in us and being disappointed in the result isn't good enough for me. I do believe that we could have played this game far better than we did and although Scotland are 20 places above us in the rankings and it was a good game, that's not good enough. We could have beaten them if we had played to the level that we are capable of but I take nothing away from Scotland as they have some fantastic players and they caused us a lot of problems, but now we have to figure out how it doesn't happen again.
Now we have to look to the Algarve Cup and it comes at a nice time for the team and for me, having just come back from injury. I'm feeling good with regards to how my surgery went but I just need games to get my fitness back up. Our aim, and my aim as well, is nothing less than to qualify for the next Euro Finals and that's not being silly or ridiculous - that's being realistic. We have the squad and the team to do it, now we just need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and stop cutting out all the mistakes we have made in the past three years - we haven't got time for that anymore. Now is the time to qualify because I don't think we are ever going to have a better time to do it.

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