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Poore Proud Despite Defeat

1 December 2013

Ladies boss praises attacking display

Pompey Ladies’ first ever match at Fratton Park did not have a fairytale ending.

Tiffany Taylor’s goal sparked hopes of a comeback after Tottenham had roared into a 2-0 interval lead.

But Charley Wilson had an effort controversially ruled out for offside to deny the hosts a share of their spoils.

There were, however, still plenty of positives for Katie Poore to take from an entertaining game of football.

The joint Bues boss said: “We were a little frustrated at half-time because we knew there was so much more we could do.

“But we dominated after the break and unfortunately had a goal disallowed when we were totally on top.

“I don’t get it. We’ve got a totally different angle to the officials, but it looked like the ball was pulled back for Charley.

“But it’s been given and there’s nothing we can do about it. Without the officials we can’t play, so we have to abide by their decisions.

“We created a lot more opportunities than Spurs did and on another day they would have gone in.

“Tottenham have even admitted to us that they were a bit lucky with the result.

“The girls are obviously disappointed to come away with nothing, but it was a second half performance to be proud of.

“We have still enjoyed the occasion and I hope this isn’t the only time we’ll get to play at Fratton Park.”

Pompey were cheered on by a crowd of 673 and Poore hopes to have converted some of them.

She said: “I think they got their money’s worth and some might say it was better than the men at the moment!

“But seriously, there would have been people in the crowd that haven’t seen a game of women’s football before and hopefully we’ve changed people’s minds.

“Now when they see articles about the side in the paper and the programme they might take a bit more notice.”

Photo: Barry Zee

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