Southampton FC Women’s manager Marieanne Spacey-Cale spoke of her pride and the lessons learnt, following Sunday’s WNL Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland.
The two sides played out a tightly contested cup tie on Sunday afternoon, with Saints proving to be more than a match for their higher division counterparts.
The only goal of the game came in the 56th minute; defender Charlotte Potts rising highest from a corner.
“Today was about us, where we are,” said Spacey-Cale. “What we’ve learnt from the games we’ve played against higher opposition.”
Marieanne Spacey-CaleDisappointed to go out at the semi-final, but we can't go out with our heads down. We have to hold our heads high. That performance would beat so many teams in the top tiers.
Southampton FC Women's Manager
“To lose 1-0 to a team that a flying at the top of tier three. They’re a WSL club in all, they’re strong, very dominant.
“We competed and we competed for 90 minutes. The lessons that we’ve learnt from the games we’ve played this season against higher opposition I think we’ve shown that we’re close, we’re so close to what we want to achieve.
“But there’s still work to do. If you lose you learn and I think that’s the key point today.
“Yes we’ve lost but we’ve learnt so much about these players and what they can achieve and where they can go. I’m really, really proud of them.”
Sunderland are flying high in the division above Saints, unbeaten in league action, drawing just the one this season and on course for promotion to the Championship.
On the lessons, Spacey-Cale said: “Disappointed to go out at the semi-final but we can’t go out with our heads down, we have to hold our heads high.
“That performance would beat so many other teams in the top tiers. So I’m proud of them and keen to get back on the pitch next week.”
“The cup is always nice to be involved in but our priority is promotion and it always has been from the beginning of the season. You have to stay really focused on that.”