Lessons To Be Learned

Everton Ladies captain Michelle Hinnigan insists the Blue Girls must learn from disappointing defeats like the one they suffered at Millwall Lionesses on Sunday.

Goals from Ella Rutherford and Charlie Devlin condemned the Toffees to their first Spring Series loss, despite Claudia Walker’s penalty.

Millwall set up with plenty of bodies in midfield to stop Everton’s flowing, passing game, and Hinnigan knows the Spring Series gives the opportunity to learn how to deal with various systems ahead of the WSL 2 season starting in September.

“We need to learn how to adapt when teams try to stop us playing how we want,” she said. “We saw Millwall do that on Sunday. The formation that they put out took us a while to work out, pinpoint where we could have success and how to deal with it.

“It’s about making sure we can take our game, our playing style and our formation, and imposing that on other teams.

“Performance-wise, the one against Liverpool was good and we played really well, especially in the second half and in extra-time. The result didn’t go our way but in the dressing room afterwards, we were happy with the way we had played against a WSL 1 side.

“We should have taken that confidence into the Millwall game. But we were all disappointed with our performance.”

The Ladies now have two weeks to wait until they welcome Aston Villa to Halton Stadium as they resume their Spring Series campaign.

Hinnigan added that they will be spent working hard to put things right on the training pitch.

“If you look at the chances we created against the Lionesses, then it's fair to say we should have won,” she explained. “The way we created openings is a big plus to take away from the game, but we also accept that we have to be more clinical in front of goal.

“We know that the Spring Series is going to be so competitive, every team in our division want to do well.

“We are determined to put things right against Aston Villa and we will work hard at Finch Farm in the build up to ensure we do that.”

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