Sunday 11 February 2018

Sankey: We Matched Millwall

Aston Villa Ladies manager Iain Sankey felt the 2-0 scoreline wasn't a fair reflection of his side's performance against Millwall Lionesses on Sunday

Iain Sankey was left to rue small margins as Aston Villa Ladies lost a highly competitive Women’s Super League Two clash against Millwall Lionesses at The Lamb on Sunday.

The Villa manager saw his side come within inches of taking the lead against the high flying Londoners when Ebony Salmon saw her first half shot diverted just wide of the post by an outstanding save from Sarah Quantrill.

And the hosts were left to wonder what might have been when Charlotte Devlin clinically converted a half chance with 20 minutes left before she added gloss to the scoreline with a stoppage time strike.

Sankey said: “I thought we did very well first half – probably the better team in the first half. Their keeper made an outstanding save from Ebony so we really should have come in one nil up, but it was a great save and that’s what she’s there for.

“Second half I don’t think we played as well but there were just little moments in the game where they took the chances they had and we didn’t take the chances we had.”

Defying their league positions, Villa were on top for large parts of the game against their second placed opponents.

And Sankey felt the final score was harsh on his team’s performance against the unbeaten Lionesses.

“We’re disappointed not to take a point today. I certainly don’t think they were two goals better than us,” he said.

“I think we played well today and it’s definitely a step forward. It was a disciplined performance but it’s just that little bit extra we’ve got to make sure we get now.

“They didn’t trouble us at all first half. Second half they caused us a few more problems. We sat back a little bit too much in the second half and it caused us a few problems, but I don’t think there was too much between the two sides.”

Villa are second bottom in the table after eight games played, and their manager knows what needs to be done ahead of their return to league action against table toppers Doncaster Rovers Belles on 21 February.

Sankey said: “We’ve been well in the game – apart from Doncaster Belles away – in every game we’ve played this season, but it’s little things that make the difference in football.

“We’ve got to be better at doing those little things to turn it our way. It’s usually little things in both boxes – we’ve got to be better at bputting the ball in the back of the net and better at stopping it going in the back of our net.”

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