Marc Skinner in the dugout at Leigh Sports Village

Skinner: We've still got more to come

Sunday 16 October 2022 18:12

United Women boss Marc Skinner believes his side still have more to come following a 4-0 win against Brighton on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds ran rampant against the Seagulls, going in at the break three goals to the good following an Ella Toone brace and assist to set up Leah Galton for the third. 

Adriana Leon killed the game off in the second half to ensure United's unbeaten run to the new Women's Super League campaign continues. 

At the double: Ella Toone scored a first-half brace against Brighton.

Despite his delight with the display, Skinner is convinced his players have even more to give across the season. 

"Yes I am [pleased with the performances on the pitch], but we've still got more to come," he told club media after the game. 

"We [were] very dominant in the first half today. Second half, there was a lull where we need to own the game. 

"There are moments we could fix and be better at," he continued. "Once we did that [in the second half], we created more chances and were dominant again."

Although we're just three games into the new league season, it is the second time Skinner's side have gone in at half-time ahead by three or more goals. 

The boss believes moments like this are a lesson in game management for his side, and wants to see them continue controlling matters until the final whistle. 

"Because the team have already been beaten by half-time, they then drop into a block and it's like we got caught on the counters," Skinner explains. 

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"I want to limit that as much as possible by player positioning but also enjoying the ball.

"We have wonderful players - look at what we did in the first half - and with the players that came in, like Adriana [Leon] who scored her first goal, we have balance again."

Skinner adds: "Once we get balance, we can beat any team. So we have to keep that and stay focused at what we're trying to do." 

United celebrate our third goal just before the break

Three of our goals came from line-breaking passes from the players, making it look 'easy' according to Skinner. 

"We made it look easy, it's not easy - they're [Brighton] very well organised, very well drilled, but we make things look easy because we move the ball quick, because of our principles, because of the way we tactically approach the game. 

"But for us, it's make sure that we do that for the rest of the game and consistently."