Dan O’Hearne: The first half gave us a mountain to climb

Manager reacts after Stockport loss.

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Leeds United Women suffered defeat away at Stockport County Ladies on Wednesday evening, losing to 4-2 at Edgeley Park.

The hosts raced into a three-goal lead in the first half before Dan O’Hearne’s side looked to stage a second half fightback, but ultimately came up short.

Speaking after the match, O’Hearne said: “We’re extremely disappointed.

“The first half gave us a mountain to climb after going three goals down.

“We got caught in possession, then it’s a quick transition and the ball is in the back of the net before you can look around. We just never got going in the first half.

“At two behind we were still creating chances and getting forward, then the third goes in just before half-time.

“We went in at half-time three down but we knew we came back well against Barnsley the other week, we know we’ve got goals in us, so we still went looking for something from the game.”

The second half display did see the Whites come out on the front foot. A Kanisha-Mae Underdown penalty was quickly followed up with a Sarah Danby long-range strike which offered hope of a comeback.

“We did well and got two back in the second half,” O’Hearne explained.

“We were pushing for a third, but they’ve got one right at the end which killed the game.

“I was pleased with the second half response, we got two back with 10 minutes to go and I thought we could have got the equaliser.

“We played a lot better in the second half. Our ball retention was a lot better, we got in behind, but we had a mountain to climb after the first half.

“We need to bounce back now, it’s very important, it’ll be another difficult game at Norton on Sunday so we need to show a response."

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