Palace Ladies suffered a rare defeat on Sunday, through the only goal of the game, away against C&K Basildon; the hosts starting the game a place beneath The Eagles in the league.
Palace were left ruing missed opportunities and the ability to generate a real foothold in the game.
The decisive goal came in the 37th minute when Angela Addison swivelled and fired a shot that not only defined the game, but in truth was somewhat our of place, in terms of quality. The Palace frustration was completed when Pam McRoberts was given a second yellow card in the 78th minute.
Palace boss, Dean Davenport could not hide his disappointment after the match, although remained realistic as to the performance,
“It was really frustrating at times today. We knew that Basildon would adopt the physical approach and play direct, and I felt that we were too slow out of the blocks and were not as robust as we needed to be, across many areas of the team. That said, following some of the unpunished tackles and some terrible marks left on our players, I am glad that we are not left with more serious injuries. Some of the challenges, particularly on Lilli (Maple) left nothing to the imagination.”
Although Davenport felt that Palace had been hard dome by on occasions, he remained objective,
“The lesson today, for a group of players keen on playing attractive football, was the need to adapt within the confines of the game, assert a presence and deal with the issues that arise. To do this, we need everyone with the same mentality and focus. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t there as much as we would want today. Something that we have shown in the past we are capable of, but today, couldn’t bring together.”
Asked if he felt that Palace could have taken something from the game, he added,
“To be honest, it felt like a nil-nil throughout, and that neither team could have felt hard dome by, if it had ended that way. Their goal was a “Worldy” and was one that you have to accept now and again, but was pretty much the only real shot on goal that they had. That said, whilst we had our own chances, we seemed to be lacking in that bit of quality we needed.”
Looking ahead to next Sunday's game against West Ham at Bromley, Dean added, “Right now, everyone is rightly disappointed and frustrated. However, we are a strong unit and will look critically at the game today, as part of this weeks work. I have no doubt that by the time we get into the sessions this week, all of us will be looking to right the wrongs and come back stronger and better for the weekend.”
Palace Ladies remain well placed to push for the honours this season and return to league action next Sunday for the visit of West Ham Ladies, kick-off 2pm.