Manager Glen Harris admits Doncaster Belles could have conceded even more goals in their 3-0 FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup defeat to Liverpool tonight.
Natasha Dowie struck her third Continental Tyres Cup goal in two games before Lucy Staniforth scored directly from a corner, and substitute Ashley Hodson added the gloss late on.
But Harris said: “We didn’t adjust well to them playing three at the back – we anticipated that they’d play four – and if you give quality players opportunities, they’ll put the ball in the back of the net.
“In fairness to them, they probably should have had two or three more in the first half.
“We changed our plan this week and said we’d have a go at it and didn’t sit back, and it probably played into their hands a little bit.”
Harris added: “That’s us having a big lesson in WSL 1 football.
“Last week we played Man City and I think Liverpool this week showed the quality that’s in that league.”
Dowie found the bottom corner with the only clinical Liverpool finish in a first half that saw her slice at air and Rosie White hammer over the bar – both with the goal begging.
Liverpool’s second however arrived by unconventional means as Staniforth’s corner flew straight in past Nicola Hobbs shortly before the break.
FA WSL 2 leaders Doncaster had chances of their own – most notably Beth England rattling the bar on 32 minutes and Little heading just over the bar 15 minutes from time.
But despite better Belles performances all round they were unable to break through, and substitute Hodson’s strike from the edge of the box nine minutes from time was the final flourish for Liverpool.
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