Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Kate Natkiel was pleased to gain another point for the team's FA Women’s Super League tally, but left yesterday’s match against Yeovil Town feeling frustrated it couldn’t have been more.
Natkiel signalled that the Seagulls needed to improve on their finishing but was happy with the team’s ability to come away from Dorchester with a point.
She said, “We know that we could have done better with our finishing, and we know that we should have put away four or five goals more than we did, but we were still able to come away with a point.
“It shows where we have come from since the beginning of the season. We’re creating chances now and we are managing to get points out of games, it’s just disappointing that it wasn’t three points from this match.”
The 27-year-old also commented on the team’s lapse in concentration to concede the equaliser, but was happy with the work done in attacking areas in training which led to them creating so many chances.
“We’ve worked a lot in training on the rotation of players on the pitch in attacking areas and I thought we looked quite fluid doing that.
“For the majority of the match we had good spells and moved the ball quickly. It was just at certain points of the game where we maybe let our foot off the gas a little bit and you can’t afford to do that at this level.
“We need to move on and make sure that we stay on it for the whole 90 minutes going forward.”
Fellow midfielder Chloe Peplow had to be substituted in the first half due to injury, and Natkiel praised her replacement and also reflected on her own performance.
“No one really knew what happened to Chloe so it was a bit of a surprise to us, especially for it to occur that early in the match. But when Emily [Simpkins] came on, she played really well.
“It was nice to for me to get to play, but I do think that I should have scored. There were one or two chances which I am disappointed about.”
Natkiel then looked ahead to Albion’s next match against Reading in over a month’s time, and says the team will work hard in training to finish the season strongly.
“It’s a bit odd only having games here and there but it allows us to work on things in training, especially the things we could have done better, and try to get the three points in the next game.
“We just want to keep improving as a team and get as many points on the board.”