Ladies boss shocked by Swindon defeat

QPR LADIES manager Martino Chevannes pulled no punches after watching his side suffer an ‘inexcusable’ 7-0 defeat at home to Swindon Town on Sunday.

The FA Women’s Premier League bottom two sides went into the game both desperate for victory, but it was the visitors who sailed into a 3-0 lead by half-time.

The Wiltshire-based side continued to dominate in the second period, adding four more goals without reply.

“I’m bitterly disappointed in the team performance,” Chevannes told www.qprlfc.co.uk. “Bar a few individuals, we just didn’t turn up.

“I expect players to have passion, pride, determination, fighting spirit to play and represent the club but all of these things were missing. We let ourselves down badly.

“I feel awful and I’m sure the players all feel the same.”

Chevannes was left to rue a catalogue of defensive mistakes, adding: “We gifted Swindon goal after goal. Credit to them that they never stopped and kept going but individual errors cost us and there’s nothing we can do to compensate for these.

“We’re in a rebuilding process but that’s inexcusable. We need to turn it around massively next week.”

As well as defensive frailties, the Ladies have been short of league goals; only one strike has found the net so far this season when Alexandra Nord opened her account against Cardiff City in a 4-1 defeat earlier this month.

“We still don’t have a recognised striker,” Chevannes said. “But this is something we're working hard on and hoping to resolve soon.”

The Ladies now have a break from league action when they make the long trip to Lowestoft Town to start their FAWPL Plate campaign on Sunday.

Chevannes gave his thoughts, adding: “It’s always nice to have a cup run but our main focus needs to be on improving our league form and lifting ourselves off the bottom.

“A lot of hard work and effort is needed. But we can’t dwell on Sunday, we need to put the performance behind us and go again.”

I feel awful and I’m sure the players all feel the same.

Martino Chevannes
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