Sue Smith wants Doncaster Rovers Belles to recreate their dominant performance against Yeovil Town in every FA WSL2 match this season.
Smith rounded off the scoring for the Belles after Leandra Little had given the visitors the lead in the first half.
A Courtney Sweetman-Kirk effort ten minutes after the restart meant Yeovil were up against it before Smith’s spot kick sealed the points.
And the former England international believes a solid performance against a strong Yeovil side could prove to be a pivotal moment in the season - with Belles, in second, now six points clear of third-placed Yeovil going into the mid-season break.
“We knew coming here today that Yeovil are a fantastic team, who have done so well this year, and have got a lot of points off a lot of good teams,” said Smith.
“We knew it was going to be difficult. We changed our formation, we changed the style of play that we’re used to.
“But we knew that we had to do something to beat them and we’re quite pleased to have scored three goals against an excellent team and not concede, and you can see what it meant to the girls at the end.
“Last season Sunderland pipped us to the post but we’ve just got to keep going, and I know it’s a cliché, but we have to take each game as it comes.
“Every game is huge, which is good for the league it makes it so competitive. So for every game, we just have to perform as well as we did today.”
Yeovil had come into the match having not lost in six outings – their last defeat coming in the reverse fixture back in March.
And assistant manager Michelle Yeowell is determined that her team will shake off the defeat and get back on course when the FA Women’s Super League with BT Sport resumes in July.
“We’re disappointed with the result, but fair play to them they had a game plan today and they executed it really well,” said Yeowell.
“We’ve conceded from two set plays and a penalty, which I can’t argue with the penalty at the end of the day. We played better in the second half, but in the first half we weren’t at our best.
“We’ve got a little bit of a break now, we’ll regroup again and after that we’ll get going again we’ve got Everton at home in what will be another big game when we get back and hopefully we’ll pick up again.”
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