Spence: Fine Lines Cost Us

Andy Spence admitted it was the “fine lines” that cost Everton Ladies dear in their 2-1 defeat to Bristol City on Sunday.

The Blue Girls went in front at the Marine Travel Arena when Dan Turner struck after just seven minutes but goals from Lauren Hemp and Julie Biesmans – the latter in the final minute as the Belgian international’s free-kick eluded everyone in the box to find the corner – condemned the hosts to defeat.

Head Coach Spence conceded that although his side performed well in spells, the manner in which they allowed Bristol to score their goals was disappointing.

“In the first half, I thought we did really well to take the lead and defensively we looked good for the first 15-20 minutes. Bristol are a good side who play good football but we controlled that and scored a great goal through Dan. 

“But City have come back into it through a poorly defended goal where we didn’t deal with the situation properly. 

“In the second half, we were great and took the game to them. We created a number of opportunities but didn’t take them. It is fine lines at this level and we have to think ruthlessly and say we can’t keep doing that. 

“We then conceded a goal right at the death that I just can’t explain. It’s people not thinking about football and doing their own thing. It was madness that we gave a free-kick away in that position and then that was subsequently poorly defended.”

The Toffees cannot afford to dwell on their defeat. Spence’s side are back in action on Wednesday when Yeovil Town make the trip to Marine, with Birmingham City also visiting Crosby next Sunday.

Spence has called on his players to bounce back quickly in a crucial week for Everton, who drop to ninth in the WSL 1 table, with Bristol’s win allowing them to leapfrog the Blue Girls into eighth.

“The nature of a three-game week is that we have to move on quickly,” he added. “That’s not a bad thing in many respects.

“We are playing a Yeovil side that we cannot underestimate. They have picked up points against Birmingham and Arsenal of late, keeping two clean sheets.

“We have to give them maximum respect. The way they have kept going shows a lot for their values and those of Jamie Sherwood, their manager. 

“But we have to dust ourselves down, recover on Monday and make sure we are ready again. We will look at the squad, see where we are at and pick a team that we think will win the game.”

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