QPR Ladies boss previews Crystal Palace clash

MARTINO Chevannes hopes QPR Ladies can continue their unbeaten start to the New Year when they return to home soil against title-challenging Crystal Palace this weekend.

Rangers have taken four points from a possible six so far in 2018, but were left to rue two dropped after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Cardiff City.

Chevannes saw his side dominate proceedings in the Welsh capital and deservedly lead through Dominika Netschova’s stunning first-half strike, only to be pegged back after the re-start.

“We’re bitterly disappointed not to come away with all three points,” he told www.qprlfc.co.uk.

“After the game it felt more like a defeat than a draw. We definitely didn’t get what we deserved.

“We knew they’d have a spell at some stage and in the end we got hit with a sucker punch.”

Despite the disappointment of not coming away triumphant, Chevannes couldn’t fault the overall performance of his side – many of whom were doubtful going into the game.

“There were plenty of positives,” he added. “A lot of players were suffering with either injury or illness, so it was credit to them for getting through the game and playing so well.

“We dominated, but we just didn’t capitalise on our chances. As they say, if you don’t take your chances they come back to bite you and unfortunately that’s exactly what happened.

“We were all gutted. It was a big opportunity missed; it would have been a massive three points.”

Next up for Rangers is a visit from Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The high-flying Eagles sit second in the FA Women’s Premier League South table and, after a 9-0 defeat in the reverse fixture on the opening day, Chevannes is under no illusions about the size of the task ahead.

“Sunday’s a big game for both teams,” he said. “We’re unbeaten in two games and that’s given us a lot of confidence, but we know we’re going to be in for a really, really tough game this weekend against a Palace side who have strengthened over the Christmas break.

“We had a tough time against them on the opening day, albeit with a young side that day.

“We’re aiming to be much more competitive and organised and give them a much tougher game this time. If we apply ourselves correctly, hopefully we can get something from the game.”

Sunday’s game is taking place at Uxbridge FC, kick-off 2pm.

Images courtesy of Tracy Smyth.