Burnley FC Women fell to a 3-1 defeat against Championship side Leicester City Women to bow out of the Women’s FA Cup.
A rousing first half performance saw the Clarets causing real problems for the higher league visitors, as they competed on equal terms and created the majority of chances but could not capitalise.
After the turnaround Leicester took control of the game and notched up a three-goal advantage in a torrid fifteen minutes for the Clarets. In the later stages, Burnley lifted their performance and hoped for a miraculous recovery, but they had to be content with a single well struck goal by Defender Dani Cooper.
First Team Manager, Matt Bee said: “I think in the first 45 minutes we performed really well, in line with the structures that we’d worked on. Certainly, out of possession we denied spaces in the ways we wanted to. Our structure was positive and there were a couple of moments when our keeper Lauren, was called into action.
“Overall, I thought in terms of how we’d looked to plan the game out, it was going according to that and we looked a little bit threatening on the counterattack as well, so it was positive. I said to the players at half time that we’d need to reset almost because we knew they were going to come out strong and their quality showed in the second half. We were a little bit naïve, how we left spaces open and we got punished by two goals early into the second half. They showed why they were in the division above and they were ruthless.
“It’s disappointing but credit to the team for their work rate and togetherness but it was a case of Leicester’s quality showing on the day. However, we have to focus on the positives and there’s a lot, certainly the structure and the way we nullified a women’s Championship team for 45 minutes at least.
“It’s positive but it’s also a reminder of where we’re at and we need to action that in the league. There are still a lot more points to play for and we need to make sure that we pick more up. That’s crucial, we can’t get complacent.
“There are some very good teams in the league and no game will be easy. We have to try and find the positives from this and analyse the areas where we need to be better, we need to keep working hard and pushing on.”