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Ewe Rams Frustrated in Clarets Loss

Derby County Women were left to rue an uncharacteristic performance in a 1-0 defeat to Burnley Women in the FA Women's National League Northern Division.

The Ewe Rams were caught out early in the second-half through Hollie Kelsh's goal for the home side with Manager Sam Griffiths left frustrated and with their destiny out of their own hands.

Griffiths said "I’m frustrated if I’m honest, whilst I can’t say anything about the desire and character, we’ve not done what we had to do and what we can do and it’s a bitter pill to swallow.

“Our decision making I think was probably the worst it’s been this season, we’ve not been afforded the space we like but we’ve got to understand that teams won’t roll over and we have to be better at our thought processes.

“We’ve largely been in control, Burnley are so compact and consistent and that’s why they win a lot of games or stay in games and we knew this beforehand and not adapted when we needed too and expected everything to fall into place.

"The goal we have conceded is very soft and disappointing but we have to do better all over the pitch. I don't believe you have to create a lot of chances to win games and that was the difference today. Burnley scored and we didn't even though we had two to three clear cut chances to finish and we didn't take those opportunities.

"The league will take care of itself now and what will be will be. We now have to re-group and just concentrate on ourselves and finishing the season in the best form we can, whilst having one eye on next season and starting to build now."

There was one change from the 5-0 in over Stoke City Women in midweek with Sophie Domingo replacing Emily Joyce and it was the visitors that edged the opening stages with half-chances for Precious Hamilton and Megan Tinsley.

Both sides were not at their fluent best and with neither side looking to make mistakes in their own half, clear cut chances were at a premium and they went into the break with it all to play for.

That deadlock was broken minutes after the re-start when Evie Priestley's shot could only be parried by Derby goalkeeper Sarah Morgan, with Kelsh on hand to slot the ball into the empty net.

That swung the Ewe Rams into action as they chased the game. Domingo continued to cause problems on the right and linking well with Hamilton, who provided an opportunity to Jade Formaston who could only poke the ball wide inside the 6-yard box.

Chances for Domingo, Hamilton and Ellie Gilliatt came and went but the home side continued in their consistent approach to defending and frustrated Griffiths' side and condemning them to a third defeat of the season.

Next-up for the #EweRams is a visit to fellow promotion hopefuls Fylde Women on the 20th February, after a break of two weeks.

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