MARTINO CHEVANNES insists league survival remains top priority for QPR Ladies despite Sunday’s Middlesex Women’s Cup semi final win over Enfield Town.
Eartha Pond’s strike ensured the R’s passage through as Rangers booked their place in the final with Barnet for the third successive season.
Victory was a welcome boost for Chevannes’ side, who prop up the league table, but the Ladies boss admits cup success will be scant consolation if they fail to beat the drop.
“It is great to get the final,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. "We’ve been there in the past three seasons.
“It’s going to be that local rivalry again with Barnet so it’s one we’re looking forward to. It’s always a tight game.
“But our minds have got be firmly focused on the relegation battle we’re in. That’s where we need to start producing.
“Our league form has to improve.”
Despite victory, it was another afternoon largely to forget for the hosts in front of goal as Rangers spurned several gilt-edged opportunities.
The R’s came close to doubling their lead on numerous occasions, much to the frustration of Chevannes who was disappointed his side failed to widen the one-goal winning margin.
“It was a decent performance but it could have been better,” he said. “We played some lovely football and moved the ball around well.
“Of course I’m happy to win the game but at the same time I’m disappointed with the manner of victory as we should have made it much more comfortable.
“Nobody would have complained if we had been 4-0 up by half-time; we should have been out of sight.
“We missed numerous chances to put the game to bed.”
The R’s were rarely threatened at the other end as Pond’s breakthrough on the half-hour mark ultimately proved decisive.
The midfielder punished a weak clearance from Enfield goalkeeper Lauren Holman, lashing home from 25 yards to fire the R’s through.
“Luckily we got the goal just before the break. It was a great strike from Eartha,” Chevannes said.
“But that was probably our own shot on target. At 1-0 it only takes one mistake and they’re back in the game.
“We rode our luck a couple of times when we overplayed it at the back and tried to play our way out of trouble.
“Apart from that I don’t think Enfield really troubled us.”
Rangers now turn their attentions back to retaining their league status ahead of a visit from Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.
The R’s boss knows they can’t afford a similar lacklustre performance if they are to come away with the result they desperately need.
“I’ve told them to go away, reflect on a few things from today’s performance and hopefully we can put those things right in training," he added.
“We let our standard drop against Enfield. As players you’ve got to have that level of commitment and professional pride, regardless of the opposition.
“We’ve got to make sure we step it up again for Brighton.”