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Quashie: A defeat like that is very disappointing

AS QPR FC Women suffered opening day defeat at the hands of East Sussex side Eastbourne Town, manager Steve Quashie knows his R’s side must learn from the result if they are to achieve the targets they want this season.

Rangers travelled to the south coast, for the 2020/21 league opener against Eastbourne and despite Eshe Davies’ equalising strike, the hosts eventually ran out 4-1 winners.

“The standards that we set as a team and as a squad are much higher than we produced at Eastbourne,” the QPR boss told www.qpr.co.uk: “It was disappointing in the fact that we lost so many first, second balls and weren’t able to get contact on various set-pieces, making it a bitter pill to swallow.

“We didn’t cope with their physicality, they hit us three times in quick succession, with the quick break which was quite direct, trying to hit spaces in behind our full-backs, but in those situations, we have to be on the front foot and adjust our positions and we didn’t. We were to slow react and they got in quite easily which from a manager’s point of view is very disappointing.

“The second half we had to improve, the players took ownership and responsibility at half time, so we did have a stronger second half performance.

“I was pleased for the young keeper Cara Henderson in the second half as she grew in confidence and made some decent saves and she should come away with some confidence. We had a few opportunities inside the final third in the second half, but that really is the only positive from this weekend.”

Next week Quashie’s side face a local trip to side Denham United Ladies in the FA Cup and the R’s boss knows it a chance to put things right.

“The Denham fixture gives us an opportunity to right a lot of this weekend’s wrongs. We have a period now to reflect and learn with some analysis and feedback. I do think that this could be a blessing in disguise, as it will act as a wakeup call to the players that we have to work harder, get back to basics and be a lot smarter to get results at this level.”

"The second half we had to improve, the players took ownership and responsibility at half time."

Steve Quashie