Losada: We need to bring more energy

Albion captain proud of her teammates despite defeat and insists it takes time to grow as a squad.

By Richie Mills • 27 November 2023

By Kyle Hemsley
Albion skipper Vicky Losada believes in her team and their ability.

Albion captain Vicky Losada says if they had taken their chances in the first half against Liverpool it could have been a different story after their 4-0 loss in the Women's Super League.

The visitors were the better side in the opening 25 minutes, with Elisabeth Terland, Pauline Bremer, and Charlie Rule all going close; only for Gemma Bonner to give the hosts the lead.

Shanice van de Sanden doubled the home side's advantage just before the break and the Reds ran away with the contest in the second half courtesy of goals from Ceri Holland and Sophie Roman Haug. And midfielder Losada said the chances Albion spurned proved to be crucial.

"I think it was two very different halves. We are disappointed to concede from a set piece [for the first goal] then we had chances in the first half to change the game," she said. "In the second half, we tried to push higher up the field but they hurt us on the counter-attacks.


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"If we had scored in the first half it would have been a different game but when you give chances to teams in this league you get punished. The attitude has been amazing after four difficult games (Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal) and we want to keep going. The only thing we can do now is watch the game, and try to improve; now it's the international break and when the girls are back we need to bring more energy."

This result comes somewhat out of the blue as they gave a good account of themselves against Chelsea, drew with Manchester United, beat Manchester City, held their own for long periods against Arsenal and then swept aside West Ham in the Conti Cup in midweek.

While the result did not go their way, Losada feels the team can be proud of their efforts so far - but, they need to push on when they come back from the international break.

"We are very ambitious. We don't have time to think how tough it is. We are still getting to know each other on and off the pitch. I think the team has done amazing. We have different kinds of players who can bring different things to the team, not just the starting XI which is great because you need the whole squad to build something important," she added.

"I am very proud of the girls, the club, and the staff. Sometimes things take time, it's about analysing, making sure we do all we can to get better and you have to keep going. We are not even halfway through the season and we have got some really important games to come."