Thursday 22 February 2018

Hassall Remains Positive After Tough Run

Alice Hassall says Aston Villa Ladies are sticking together during a tricky run of results in recent weeks

Alice Hassall says spirits are still high in the Aston Villa Ladies camp despite a string of tough results.

The team have pushed Women’s Super League Two front runners Millwall Lionesses and Doncaster Rovers Belles hard in their last two league games before losing 2-0 and 4-0 respectively.

And in between those fixtures, Villa had looked set to upset top flight Sunderland in the FA Cup before two goals in the last ten minutes consigned them to a 3-2 defeat.

Midfielder Hassall, who was restored to the starting line-up after missing the away day in the North East, gave an insight into the mood in the dressing room.

She said: “We’re the best of friends, and when we have to go through these sorts of times that’s when it’s important to stick together.

“When we start scoring and winning games, we’ll be there. The atmosphere’s always good and we’re always positive. We hate losing and we’re competitive people but it’s part of the job.”

Doncaster are unbeaten in their ten league matches this season, winning eight en route to taking a four point lead at the top.

But Villa enjoyed long spells of sustained pressure against The Belles, spurning a couple of great chances at 1-0 down, and Hassall believes the final score was harsh on the hosts.

“It was a really positive first half – we stuck together and were unlucky with the first goal,” she said.

“We had spells that were really positive and we came out playing well in the second half and it was just five minutes of madness really. After that, we just had to regroup and stick at it.

“I don’t think 4-0 was a fair scoreline. I think the girls are all disappointed because 4-0 never looks good and we don’t feel that we deserved that. We just have to regroup and go again.”

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