MARTINO Chevannes couldn’t hide his disappointment after QPR Ladies' hopes of avoiding bottom spot in the FA Women's Premier League all but ended with a 3-2 defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Sunday.
Rangers were made to pay for a poor start on the south coast, where three goals in the opening half an hour proved the R’s undoing despite Nicki Waterman’s reply before the break.
Substitute Sara Lopez set up a grandstand finish with a second late on, but it wasn’t enough.
“It’s a really disappointing result, but we’ve only got ourselves to blame” he told www.qprlfc.co.uk.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb once again by conceding a flurry of early goals.
“After that we grew into the game and pulled one back before half-time. We knew the importance of the next goal, but try as we did we just didn’t get it early enough.
“Credit to the players, they rallied well and showed good character. We pushed hard to try and get an equaliser but it wasn’t to be on the day.
“Ultimately we gave ourselves too much to do.”
Defeat leaves Rangers rooted to the foot of the table, three points behind second-bottom Swindon Town ahead of the sides’ final day meeting at the County Ground this weekend.
The R’s far inferior goal difference, however, means only a nine-goal win or better would lift the R’s off bottom spot in the FA Women's Premier League South.
Chevannes knows that’s unrealistic, but is hoping his side can at least end the season on a high.
“I was hoping this weekend would be our cup final when the winner takes all, but unfortunately we’ve not been able to get that point to set it up,” he said.
“We’ve got to be professional and do the best we can to get a result. That’s all we can do now.”