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Wright | Believes Chichester had more to give against Liverpool

By Hayley Newman

The manager says his team had another level in them that could have gotten a result

Sunday's 3-0 loss to Women's Super League 1 side Liverpool Ladies was one that many have been praising but manager Matt Wright says "it's not alright".

Chichester City currently sit 7th in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division a league they were promoted into last season and reached the last 16 of the FA Cup where they took on the red side of Merseyside last Sunday.

The boss while happy with some of his team's efforts believes there was more the squad could have done especially before Liverpool took the lead after 32 minutes.

He said: "I actually think we were below par if I'm honest.

"I think everybody worked well but perhaps the occasion got on top of the players a little bit and some of the styles and methods we play weren't as effective as they have been in other games.

"I think we could have gone to a higher level, I don't think the pitch did anyone any favours either and it hurt us as much as it did them.

"It stopped us playing the football that we usually play."

Despite it all, the manager did find positives for his side who are two leagues below their 5th round opposition with Chichester going close on a couple of occasions before Rinsola Babajide broke the deadlock.

"I think we really turned out especially in the first 15 minutes where we looked relatively strong, we got into their area and threatened their area," Wright reflected.

"We had a couple of offside decisions go against us but at the end of the day they (Liverpool) stepped up to show how clinical they are in front of goal.

"But we could have gotten something out of that in the early stages and if so it might have been a different game."

Jess Lewry was caught offside twice before the opener which was quickly followed by Ashley Hodson's goal to give a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Things got worse after the break as the ever-threatening Beth England made it 3-0.

On the day the defence was patched together due to the injuries and the game saw Chloe Melton given her debut against the WSL1 outfit.

Wright said: "Chloe (Melton) was fantastic it was really good to see her in.

"The backline as well it was all patched up and you probably couldn't tell that looking out there and that was one of the most outstanding things.

"Tiffany Taylor and Sophie Phelps - on her full debut - they didn't look out of place together."

Updated 12:18 - 20 Feb 2018 by Hayley Newman

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