Merricks: We need to be harder to beat

Acting head coach with her assessment after Albion draw 3-3 against Liverpool in the WSL.

By Bruce Talbot • 20 November 2022

By Kyle Hemsley
Amy Merricks says Albion's game management needs to improve after they drew 3-3 with Liverpool.

Amy Merricks says Albion must learn to manage games better after they were held to a 3-3 draw at home to Liverpool.

Albion led 3-1 with 18 minutes to go thanks to goals after Elisabeth Terland and Danielle Carter scored for the second successive game before Katie Robinson scored our third goal in the space of 15 minutes.

But the visitors pulled one back before substitute Rachel Furness equalised in stoppage time. It was the first draw this season in the Barclays Women's Super League. 

Acting head coach Merricks said, “For two-thirds of the game we were in control and created numerous opportunities. The players applied themselves really well in terms of our strategy and how we wanted to play.

By Paul Hazlewood
Rachel Furness heads in Liverpool's last-gasp equaliser.

“But when momentum swings as it did we need to make ourselves harder to beat, and the players see that. As a group it is something that we know we can do. We don’t want to go one down and then concede goals as late as we did.”

Merricks felt Albion had chances to have put the result beyond doubt when they led 3-1. “We’ve scored three and created lots of chances so that's a big positive, and I thought we could have scored more. We can control the game better in and out of possession.

“But if you’re not hard to beat you’re going to concede goals like we did and we have to work on that. We have to carry the confidence we’re showing in the attacking final third into future games but we also need to work on the defensive side.”