Northeast calls for Ladies to become more clinical

Pompey ladies goalkeeper Sadie Blakely Picture: Mick Young
Pompey ladies goalkeeper Sadie Blakely Picture: Mick Young

Perry Northeast has called on his Pompey Ladies to become more clinical if they are to flourish this season.

The Blues slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Lewes in the first match of this season’s FA Women’s Premier League Cup.

Kirstie Spice bagged the decisive goal three minutes into time-added-on at the end of the second half, amid appeals for a foul on keeper Sadie Blakely.

For Northeast, it was a harsh result, with the Blues dominating the match and striking the post through Charley Wilson.

Ultimately, Pompey’s poor finishing cost them as they failed to make the most of their superiority.

And it is a side to their game joint-boss Northeast is well aware needs addressing if they are to fulfil their aim of enjoying a successful campaign.

He said: ‘I can’t be angry at the players, we have done everything apart from the final touches.

‘We had a good 65 to 70 per cent of the possession, so the result is nothing to do with playing – it is just when balls go into the box coming alive.

‘We produced some great football and won’t change the way we play.

‘We hit the woodwork, had a couple of penalty shouts turned down and their keeper made a great save just when you think the ball is in the net.

‘Credit to Lewes, they will take a lot of points this year by grinding away results.

They are a resolute side who won’t concede easy goals.

‘But, at the same time, we have dominated, controlled the game and nothing has gone in.

‘We certainly have not gone away too disheartened.

‘We do need to address the situation of not scoring goals but, the way we are playing at the moment, the result should not detract from the performance.’

Pompey Ladies’ next match is at away at Gillingham on Sunday.

The Gills are current top of the southern division.

Northeast added: ‘If there is a game to come back and win that is definitely it.

‘We perform better when we know we have to.’