Reaction: Blues 0 Everton 3
Head Coach Carla Ward insisted Blues would benefit from their Vitality Women’s FA Cup semi-final heartbreak – even if it does not feel like it yet.
Goals from Simone Magill, Nicoline Sorensen and substitute Valerie Gauvin earned Everton a 3-0 victory at the SportNation.bet Stadium to end Blues hopes of a place in the 2019-20 Final.
It came just three days after a penalty shootout victory at Brighton booked a last-four spot and Ward acknowledged the tight turnaround had played its part.
“We are disappointed and frustrated,” said Ward.
“There were a few words at half-time, I thought the reaction from the team was pretty good, the second goal was a bit of sucker punch.”
But as raw as the emotions were, Ward was adamant there would be no time to dwell on the defeat with Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions Chelsea visiting on Sunday (2.30pm kick-off).
“With the size of the squad we have and how far we have come in the past few weeks, we have to reflect on it and take the positives,” she added.
“We all knew it was not good enough in the first half, not any part of it, but even towards the end you could see that motivation to try to keep going.
“It is that attitude we want right now, for them to leave everything out there, and we saw that.
“There is so much to work on. This group is hungry to get better and will be more disappointed than I am because they are hard on themselves in terms of what they expect from themselves and each other.
“They will come back stronger; in the long run this will probably make us better and it will certainly make us more tight knit as a group.
“I told them they could be disappointed tonight but to wake up tomorrow and want to get better again, to go and pick the bones out of everything they have done and analyse every bit of their performances.
“We have to stick together and kick on.”