9 August 2011
Robbie Johnson finally saw his side earn their first three points of the Womens Super League season and admitted it had not been easy keeping his side confident in their ability
“It hasn’t been easy and to be honest today’s game was not pretty but we got the result,” Johnson said.
“It was a determined and committed performance and what you get from those is a platform to build on. We said at half time that we wanted to keep playing and it’s a cliché but we said that if we kept a clean sheet in the second half then we would get the result.”
Johnson has been forced to watch his side work relentless with scant reward but he believes the win over Chelsea, away from home, was more than justified.
“Towards the end I thought we had four or five clear-cut chances and I think we hit the post and I thought we were the most dangerous of the two teams,” he said.
“I hope today’s result will have a big influence on our next two games because it has shown the girls that they are capable.
“We have said all season that you have to play to the final whistle and we saw what the result was today.”
Chelsea’s manager Matt Beard on the other hand is suffering a miserable second-half of the season – typified by the set piece they lost the game from.
“It’s been a bad second-half of the season to be fair but we should have been two nil up before they even scored but we didn’t take our chances and its cost us and I’m sick of saying it,” he said.
The manner of the goal we conceded sums the last bit of our season up really.
“It’s disappointing because we know we have better quality than we showed today and we’ve not done ourselves any justice.
“It goes to show what a good league it is when Lincoln are beating Everton – it shows that anyone can beat anyone on the day.