Buckley rues Belles’ lapses at the back

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DONCASTER Rovers Belles’ boss John Buckley took the club’s 4-1 Women’s Super League defeat by Chelsea at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday on the chin.

“I thought that we played well in the first half, but in every game we’ve played this season we’ve not been switched on in the first 10 minutes of the second half and it was the same again,” said Buckley after seeing his side lose for the first time after picking up four points from two away games.

“We gave a soft goal away (on 48 minutes) and you can’t legislate for that.

“But the bottom line is that they scored and don’t take anything away from Chelsea; they were better than us in the second half.

“Although we won the first half as such, I think they deserved the result.

“They scored three goals (without reply) in the second half and they had other chances as well.

“I don’t think that there is a great deal between the teams if I’m honest, but I thought they dragged us about in the second half. Their front two caused us problems - and we didn’t do the basic things that we needed to do.

“I thought Aine (O’Gorman) and Precious Hamilton were dangerous in the first half, but we stopped delivering the ball to them in the second half.”

Belles took the lead midway through the first half with a header from a corner by skipper Vicky Exley.

“That’s what she does; she’s good at that,” said Buckley.

Hamilton had a good chance to make it 2-0 before Chelsea drew level with a 35 yarder which Buckley felt that his keeper Helen Alderson could have done better.

“She (Helen) wasn’t terrible but she could have done better with a couple of the goals,” he admitted.

Chelsea boss Matt Beard added: “We were lucky to be 1-1 at half-time but we showed what we could do in the second half and could have had a couple more.”