Pompey Ladies focus on league matters after elimination

Ini Umotong. Picture: Mick Young (151336-19)
Ini Umotong. Picture: Mick Young (151336-19)
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Perry Northeast is aiming for an instant response from Pompey Ladies as they adjust their focus towards league progress.

The Blues suffered a 3-1 extra-time defeat to Brighton in the Premier League Cup on Sunday.

We have QPR and at the moment a free Sunday, but it will be good for us to get straight back into it. You can tend to dwell too much on things

Perry Northeast

Ini Umotong had given the hosts a first-half lead at Privett Park, only for them to lose following a full-time 1-1 scoreline.

It signalled an early elimination from a competition they reached the semi-finals of last term.

Regardless, for Northeast the long-standing priority remains winning promotion from the Premier League southern division.

They now travel to QPR tomorrow night as their league programme resumes.

And having fallen to a 4-1 defeat to Charlton in their previous league fixture, the manager is keen to readjust to their bread and butter.

Northeast said: ‘Sunday was a great game of football between two really, really top sides and they just edged us in extra-time.

‘Ini actually struck the underside of the bar in the 90th minute, the ball bouncing too high for anyone to follow up the rebound.

‘It was not to be, however, and I cannot fault our football or the manner in which we played a game between two fairly-even sides.

‘We are out of the league cup but that was never our main priority and could prove to be a blessing in disguise.

‘This can give us the focus and show what we need to do to succeed in this division and hopefully we can get the momentum going in the next few weeks.

‘The FA Cup doesn’t start until January, so that gives us a couple of months to knuckle down on our league results.

‘We have QPR tomorrow and at the moment a free Sunday but it will be good for us to get straight back into it. You can tend to dwell too much on things.

‘We would have liked a couple of training sessions first after Brighton but it is what it is and we will go straight back into the action.’

Charlotte Gurr struck twice during the first period of extra-time to break Pompey’s hearts against Brighton.

But Northeast was still pleased with his side’s contribution.

He added: ‘We took the lead on the half-hour mark when Ini’s initial shot was saved by the keeper and she then followed it up.

‘Brighton equalised in the second half when Tiff Taylor touched the ball down instead of clearing her lines and Katie Natkiel intercepted to score.

‘Then in extra-time, Leeta Rutherford didn’t put enough on the ball in a back pass and Gurr picked it up and put it through the keeper’s legs.

‘Then Gurr produced an absolutely sublime chip.

‘Sometimes you have to give credit to the goalscorer.

‘Now we go again.’