Willie Kirk lamented Everton Ladies’ lack of creativity after losing to Yeovil Town Ladies 1-0 in WSL despite dominating possession for large parts of the game.
After an actionless first half at Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium on Sunday, the Blues Girls upped the tempo in the second half partly down to the introduction of substitutes Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah and Hannah Cain.
But against the run of play, defender Megan Alexander sneaked the winner with 13 minutes left on the clock to hand the visitors all three points.
The loss means the Toffees have failed to score in consecutive weeks with both matches ending in narrow 1-0 defeats - last Sunday they were edged out by Kirk’s former side Bristol City Women despite dominating the match.
Kirk highlighted a lack of creativity as an area to improve on going forward. He said: “It’s been a frustrating day, not that dissimilar to last week’s match although we didn’t create as much against Yeovil. We need to be better than that, we need to create more chances and fight a little bit harder. It wasn’t until the last 25 minutes that we really started playing with a little bit of urgency and intensity.
“We played more in their half after the break and that’s what we said at half-time, but we never really created enough opportunities. Their goalkeeper has maybe had to make two or three saves, it was all just a bit too scrappy in the final third. We haven’t scored enough goals this year and there is no point us pretending that is not an issue, we need to address that.”
Despite the disappointing result, the Everton boss was impressed by the contribution of substitutes Boye-Hlorkah and Cain had on the match.
Kirk said: “We changed a couple of things at half time, we introduced some spark up front in terms of pace and legs with Chaney and Hannah. I thought the subs did really well, they both had a great impact on the game.”
The attacking duo’s introduction added some bite to Everton’s front line and put pressure on the Yeovil’s defenders. The change nearly paid off in the 53rd minute when Boye-Hlorkah found herself through on goal after latching onto goalkeeper Kirstie Levell’s pass from deep but failed to beat Glovers captain Megan Walsh in goal.
The visitors took the surprise lead when Alexander’s cross-cum-shot caught Levell off guard and Lee Birch’s side managed to stand firm in the closing minutes to hold onto only their second win in the WSL this season.
Kirk’s team will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they host Birmingham City Ladies in WSL on Wednesday 17 April at Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium (kick-off 7pm).