Derby County Ladies Football Club

Lessons need to be Learnt after Rovers Loss

Derby County Ladies Assistant Manager Jenny Simpson believe that Sunday’s 6-2 defeat to last season’s Champions Blackburn Rovers Ladies showed that lessons in game management are still to be learned.

The Ewe Rams found themselves with a mountain to climb inside the first quarter of an hour, falling behind 3-0, before a Shannon Weston effort reduced the deficit on 25 minutes. A further goal from the hosts before the break restored the three goal cushion, before two further goals from Rovers added gloss to the deserved scoreline.

A late goal from substitute Kirsty Allen, her first senior competitive goal for the club, gave the score a nicer complexion but left Simpson disappointed in their start.

Simpson said “To give last season’s champions and the team likely to be the Northern Division Champions, a three goal cushion inside the first 15 minutes is not what we wanted or had worked on. We had put the work in on the training pitch about making it hard for them to get through us but it clearly wasn’t there.

“We’ve gone behind a couple of times in games and earlier in the season we hit back and got something out of the game but we fell behind against Brighouse in the Cup and couldn’t recover and we’re not going to do that to the best team in the league, particularly from three behind. 

“We knew that the quality they had would make it tough for us but we saw last season that when we frustrated them, we would get opportunities but we just seemed to allow them to dictate from the start and it showed just what a Jekyll and Hyde type side we are from one game to the next. 

“We showed what we can be about at Guiseley in our previous game and then we put in a performance like that inside the first 15 minutes and then we’re never going to be able to recover against a side packed full of quality. It’s just frustrating for all of us.”

The positive from the game saw summer signing Allen continue her comeback with her first competitive goal in the game and left Simpson with something to take from the game.

“Kirsty coming on and scoring and making an impact was pleasing to see, she is getting stronger every game and took her goal well and showed what a nuisance she will be. We have five games left and she will be important for the run-in and with her quality, we can expect her to have an impact the more minutes she gets.

“We now have a wait until our next league match but no doubt we will get some game time in at training and that will give her a chance to get a full 90 in between then. It won’t just be good for Kirsty but for the whole squad to put this one behind us.

“These last five games will be important for everybody in terms of next season. We still have no idea what league we will be in next season but wherever we are, we want to improve and be challenging in the division. 

“We want to see more consistency from the side and that starts with their continued application in training. We’ve said numerous times before that we train exceptionally well but now we need to transfer it into our games.”

Our next league game is currently scheduled for the 26th April against Wolverhampton Wanderers Women on Thursday 26th April at 19:45pm.