MILLWALL LIONESSES boss Lee Burch said his side’s 5-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat at Bristol City last Sunday was “a tough one to take”.
Burch lamented his side’s poor start when they failed to defend set-pieces. And he felt their top-flight opponents’ quality was obvious as the Lionesses bowed out of the competition.
“It’s a tough one to take,” Burch said. “At the end of the day we’ve come to a Super League 1 side and they looked like a Super League 1 side, they were decent and scored five goals.
“It’s a bit disappointing that we started slowly, we conceded three from corners. It just wasn’t our day, we’ve had better days than this and will have better days. We learn from it and we go forward.
“The girls are hurting at the moment and rightly so. They have to use it to prepare for the next game. This hasn’t happened before, I don’t think it’s going to happen again. It’s all a learning curve.
“We played a very good side, they’re full-time and they looked like it. We need to go away and learn from it and take things on board. “We’ve got a week off, which is nice as far as no game next week, and then we’ve got Everton.
We look at this and previous games and it’s another step. “I’m really proud of the girls. They’re hurting, we’re all hurting, but we’ll take the positives from it and use it as a massive learning experience.
“When you come to good sides like this sometimes they are going to cause you lots of problems and you have to try to solve those problems. “We didn’t [Sunday] but hopefully will in the future.”