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SHEEHAN | PROUD OF THE GROUP

22 March 2022

Tractor Girls boss reflects on narrow loss at sold-out Goldstar Ground

Joe Sheehan says that Town Women's 1-0 Vitality FA Cup quarter-final defeat against West Ham shows how much progress his side have made.

Lisa Evans struck the deciding goal for the Women's Super League Hammers in the 32nd minute as the visitors booked their place in the final four of this year's competition. 

While West Ham dominated proceedings at a sold-out Goldstar Ground - 2,000 Town fans backing the Tractor Girls in Felixstowe on Sunday afternoon - they rarely looked like adding to their tally against a stubborn Blues backline.

Having been defeated by eventual FA Cup winners Manchester City 10-0 in February 2020, Joe says that the weekend's narrow defeat against another top tier side shows the development of his side in the space of just over two years.

"It was a challenging game," said Town Women's boss. "It’s a really good team that we’ve played against who, let’s be honest, were in control of the game throughout. 

"Whilst West Ham were in control, I felt that we defended strongly. I’m just a little bit disappointed that we didn’t play as well as we could’ve done with the ball. 

"You’ve only got to look back to two years ago when we conceded 10 [against Manchester City]. I didn’t feel like we were being peppered like we have been when we’ve previously played a team in the WSL. 

"I’m so proud of the group and the progress we have made. I hope we gave an account of ourselves which made people think that 'this lot can compete'. 

"It was an opportunity to see how much we’ve grown and developed. You’ve only got to look at the amount of people who were here to support us, people are very aware of what we’re doing."

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