14 May 2012
Manager looks back on narrow loss. By Ashley Houghton
LIVERPOOL Ladies FC manager, Robbie Johnson, has urged his girls to start believing in their ability as they narrowly lost out to their Chelsea counterparts 2-1 on Sunday.
Johnson’s side conceded early goals in each half and despite a late onslaught failed to get an all-important equaliser in their FAWSL Continental Cup clash.
And Johnson wants his side to learn from their mistakes and start to gain confidence from their narrow loss.
He said: “If you look at the setup here, we don’t have to so-called ‘higher ranked’ players.
“However, we’re coming close in games and showing that we can do it and we now need the girls to believe in themselves.
“It doesn’t matter if our opposition have well-known players or names on the back of their shirts because we’ve got that to and I just want the girls to start understanding that.”
The hosts took the lead after just 33 seconds on Sunday which frustrated Johnson further as he wanted the girls to start on the front foot.
“Before the game we spoke about a quick start,” he added.
“The early goal hurt us because it kind of throws plans out of the window, we tried to make the girls understand that there was still 89 minutes left and not to panic.”
The Reds did get a goal just on the hour mark, new signing Emily Gielnik, who signed from Brisbane Roar earlier this month, finished neatly from Chloe Jones’ pass.
Johnson hopes that goal will now give the Australian U20 International confidence to get more Liverpool goals.
“She is a goal scorer, we knew that when we brought her here.
“We now hope the confidence from that goal will stick around as she was a regular goal scorer back home and can now prove herself over here.”