Everton Ladies goalkeeper Lizzie Durack admits unrewarded performances have become “the story of our season” after another excellent display against Chelsea left the Toffees empty-handed.
Like they have done all term, the Blue Girls showed no fear in going toe-to-toe with one of the strongest sides in WSL 1, with Chelsea sitting just two points off league leaders Manchester City.
Everton could have been leading at the break had Hedvig Lindahl not got her fingertips to Chloe Kelly’s free-kick or Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s penalty not come back off the post.
The hosts then stepped it up in the second period and finally broke through a stubborn Toffees rearguard when Jonna Andersson lashed home the winner.
A disappointing result for Andy Spence's side - but Durack insists confidence remains strong within the group after another eye-catching display in front of the BBC cameras at Kingsmeadow.
“It is a missed opportunity in terms of points on the board,” she told evertonfc.com. “But looking at the bigger picture in terms of confidence and building as a team, we can take a lot of confidence from putting in a performance like that against an opponent with the quality that Chelsea have.
“That seems to be our story so far this season – putting in good performances but not getting them rewarded. But I have to give credit to the girls – we played an unbelievable game. Andy [Spence] told us after the match that that was one of the best performances we have put in.
“We were under pressure from one of the top teams in Europe. To let in the goal was disappointing but at the beginning of the game – at the beginning of the season even, having just come up – we wouldn’t be too disappointed about a 1-0 defeat away at Chelsea.
Durack had been key to a resolute Everton defence that looked like it had played a crucial part in securing a well-deserved point on the road.
The 23-year-old produced excellent stops to deny England internationals Karen Carney and Fran Kirby, plus South Korea star Ji So Yun.
But she could do nothing when Kirby teed up Sweden left-back Andersson to side-foot into the top corner in the 83rd minute.
“Sometimes you have just got to tip your cap to the finish,” added Durack. “Obviously I am always trying to save everything but looking back, I’m not sure what I could have done with that one.
“But we kept them out for as long as we could. The girls defended so well and we will take confidence from that.
“Likewise, I thought we dominated the first half and put their goalkeeper under more pressure than they did me. It was an all-round great team performance so we will take a lot from that.”
The Blue Girls are back in action when they take on Bristol City in the FA Women’s Cup fourth round on Sunday at the home of Marine FC in Crosby. Click here