Marc Skinner delivers post-match team talk

Skinner: We need to grow and learn

Thursday 27 October 2022 18:40

Marc Skinner has urged his Manchester United Women side to 'grow and learn' following a defeat on penalties to Durham in the Conti Cup on Wednesday evening.

The Reds took the lead twice during the game - once through Jade Moore and again through Vilde Boe Risa - but were pegged back late in both halves by the hosts. 

The 2-2 scoreline at the full-time whistle meant the extra point was decided by a penalty shoot-out, which United were on the losing end of. 

Skinner believes that we showed 'naivety' in some moments throughout the 90 minutes.  
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Skinner: We can fix our mistakes

Marc Skinner wants his side to capitalise on our dominance going forward, after the shoot-out defeat to Durham…

"I feel there were times in the second half [where] we're still trying to force play everywhere," he told club media.

"That's naivety and that's not saying we're naive, that's saying naivety in some moments.

"We need to grow from that and learn from that and if we don't, I'll make sure that they don't." 
Attention now turns to Sunday, when we're back in Women's Super League action against Everton. 

"I want us to learn from tonight [Wednesday], rather than just passing it on and moving to the next game," the boss said. 

"I do not want to concede a goal like that again, so I want to make sure we're good in those moments. 

"But like I said, the girls don't deserve to lose tonight, on penalties, but we have to put games to bed when we do that." 

He added: "Against Everton, energy will be exactly what is needed in both halves but we need to make sure we're not so naive in some moments."
Vilde Boe Risa was among the goalscorers in our 2-2 draw.
One of our goalscorers on the night, Boe Risa believes the squad can bounce back from Wednesday's disappointment. 

"Definitely [we can react to this]. We're such a tight group and that togetherness is driven in our squad," our no.8 said. 

"We need to continue with that and we don't blame anyone here, even though it's two set-pieces. We work hard and just set our focus for the next game, on Sunday."