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Davies' Debrief: Head Coach on rivalry, comeback, debutants and Johnson heroics

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Davies' Debrief: Head Coach on rivalry, comeback, debutants and Johnson heroics
Head Coach Gemma Davies had mixed emotions after seeing her side recover from a two-goal deficit to record an opening day 3-2 victory against Sheffield United.

Her views on the match can be found below. 

On Sheffield rivalry… 

Whenever we play Sheffield there’s always a derby feel to the game. 

There’s a big rivalry between us and that’s purely down to the amount of times we faced each other last year. 

On the whole, it was a below-par performance. We just weren’t good enough in possession, we gave it away cheaply. We created a lot of opportunities, especially in the first half, but it was an average performance. 

On team character… 

I think the character from the girls to come back from 2-0 down was phenomenal.  

The effort and desire was there throughout the 90 minutes and they had to work extremely hard to pull that game back. 

We can say now that it’s our first three points against a very tough side. We’re pleased with the points, but we want to play well and dominate a game. 


On debutants… 

We went with one particular game plan and we had to change that after about 25 minutes. 

The girls adapted to that and did really well. Mel [Johnson] did well on her home debut, young Emily [Syme] did a wonderful job and she really lit the game up when she came on. 

Charlotte Greengrass came on as well and showed a level of composure and maturity for such a young person. 


On Johnson heroics… 

She’s a goalscorer. You get her inside the box and she’s dangerous. 

We’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg with her and there’s a lot more to come from her. 

We’ll start seeing the best of her as the season goes on.

Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 19th August 2019