Lewes FC boss Scott Booth says the players are learning with every game after Sunday’s 2-2 result with Sheffield United made it four draws on the spin to start the Women’s Championship season.
Goals from Izzy Dalton and Amber-Keegan Stobbs had the Rooks two-up at the break, only for the Blades to hit back in the second half.
It’s the second time this season that Lewes have led 2-0 only to be held to a draw. And while the Rooks are still unbeaten, for Booth the task now is to convert those draws into wins.
“I’ve never had four draws in a row before, even as a player,” says the boss. “It’s an unusual statistic but we need to look at it and figure out how we turn those draws into wins.
“Today it was clear that if we’d had a better start to the second half we’d have had three points today.
“Of course we need to give Sheffield United credit for coming back into it. They worked hard and made sure they kept us under pressure, and were going for the three points themselves at one point. If you allow teams back into the game that’s what happens.”
‘These are the things we have to work through’
Lewes dominated much of the first half and could have scored more than two before the break, with Paula Howells firing wide early on, and Emily Kraft seeing a shot well saved by the Blades goalkeeper.
Discussing the game, Booth adds: “The first half was a great performance, as it was against Southampton. To score twice and have more chances, it was a strong start.
“We talked at half time about managing the game and making sure we didn’t allow them to come back into it, or make any mistakes that frustrated us the last time it happened. But in the first few minutes of the second half there were a couple of errors and through our own mistakes we let them back in the game.
“It’s frustrating because we play good football, create opportunities and the players really enjoy it. But then you get those second-half performances and you’re scratching your head a little bit, asking why it’s happened when we were so good in the first half.
“But these are the things we have to work through. We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again and dissect it as a team. We have to make sure that when we have a performance like that in the first half that we maintain it into to the second.”
Next up for Lewes is a home game against Charlton in the Conti Cup on Sunday, 2 October. The game kicks off at 2pm and fans can get a discount online when buying their tickets today!
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