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Quashie: We have to take care of this sort of game

QPR FC Women manager Steve Quashie knows his side should’ve gone on and clinched victory on Sunday after taking an early lead against Eastbourne Town in the London & South East Regional Women's Football League.

A double from Melanie Hall, gave the R’s an early two-goal lead. However, two second-half strikes from Eastbourne ensured that the hosts came from behind to seal a share of the points.

“We started off well and for the first 20 minutes we were strong, dynamic and attacked in good numbers," the QPR boss told www.qpr.co.uk. “But after scoring two cracking goals we got into a bit of a mess on the ball and gave them a route back into the game.

"Melanie scored two early goals when we were on top, we moved the ball quickly through the thirds and I thought in the final third, especially in the first 20 minutes, we made some lovely slick passing moves. Unfortunately, we couldn’t sustain it for the whole 90 minutes.

"Obviously, the conditions didn’t help, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. Playing in these situations is part of our development and we have to learn to adapt in tough conditions against opponents scrapping for every point they can.

"Come full-time, we saw the celebrations from them and that highlights that perhaps we are the team to beat. It shows that we are one of the best footballing teams in the division and it highlights how much it means to teams to get a result against us. We have to use this to motivate us moving forward but again we are playing a team in a lower position than us and we have to take care of these types of games."

Looking ahead to next week, attention switches to Aylesford United on Sunday, where the R’s will be looking to react.

Quashie said: “We know we need to put things right. We know we didn’t perform as well as a collective as we have done in previous weeks. Everyone has their own goals and ambitions and I’m sure we will bounce back next week in training and put in a very good performance on Sunday.”

Playing in these situations is part of our development, we have to learn to adapt.

Steve Quashie