London Bees Head Coach Lee Burch insists his side must continue to take the positives, despite defeat to a ruthless Sheffield United this afternoon.
The Bees fell to a 3-1 defeat at the Proact Stadium, despite once again showing that they can more than match some of the best teams in the division.
After falling behind to first half goals from Jade Pennock and Olivia Ferguson, the Bees got themselves right back in the contest through Nikita Whinnett. However, a goal from former Bee Katie Wilkinson condemned Burch’s side to defeat.
The Head Coach felt frustrated with the result against the Blades, but was keen to focus on the positive aspects of his sides performance.
“I thought we were the better side in the first twenty minutes and we had a golden chance at 0-0. We don’t take it and they go up the other and take there’s. We then should score from a corner and they go straight back up the other end to score, from our two dangerous moments within 30 seconds they go up the other end and score”
“We then score and within a minute we’re sloppy to allow them to score again. There were patches when we were the better side and there were patches where they were the better side. It was a good game of football”
“We are continuing to score, it was a great finish from Nikita (Whinnett). We could have been 2-0 up ourselves, football is cruel when things aren’t going your way. We can take positives and we were miles better than last week.”
The Bees have ran all of the top teams close in the league so far this season, albeit the scoreline hasn’t go in their favour. The ruthless nature of the top teams has haunted Burch’s side and that was the case again at the Proact.
Burch feels that by every game that his side play they are improving as a team and with that he believes the results will most certainly soon go in the Bees favour.
“We’ve lost games to the top four sides, there is no shame in that. We go into a run now where we play teams in and around us and we will learn so much from these games.”
“I am looking forward to playing these teams again, to see how far we have developed. Hopefully next time we play Sheffield United they will see an even better version of us.”
Nikita Whinnett returned to the starting line up and was back amongst the goals as she fired us back into the game just after the half time break.
Burch was delighted with his strikers contribution and hailed her hard working attitude towards improving her game.
“It was a great goal from Nikita. She is a joy to work with, we all love having her at the Club.”
“She took her goal well, it was a great ball from Amelia. On an individual level I am really pleased for her.”
The Bees now take on Arsenal in the Conti Cup before a big league clash with Blackburn Rovers at The Hive next Sunday.
The boss is keen to ensure that we go into the Christmas break with more league points on the board.
“We have to get through the Arsenal game injury free and enjoy our chance to play against top opposition before a big game against Blackburn next week.”
“Blackburn are a really good side and they have got better as the season has gone on. It is all hands to the pump to focus on getting something out of the Blackburn game. Everyone knows how tough Arsenal will be, but it’s two exciting games for us to be involved in.”