They gave absolutely everything

“There’s definitely no energy left in any of their tanks back in the changing room”

Rovers boss Gemma Donnelly praised her side’s battling performance, as they went down 4-1 away at Sheffield United in the Continental Cup.

Chelsey Jukes’ early red card put Rovers on the back foot and made it a difficult 80 minutes against a Sheffield side looking to move into the top two in the group.

But the Blues kept going till the end and had a consolation goal to show for their efforts when Saffron Jordan won and converted a late penalty.

“I’m super proud of the players today, they gave it absolutely everything,” Donnelly said post-match.

“To go down to 10 players so early on in the game, what can you do with that?

“We restricted them to limited chances in the first half and obviously to go in 2-0 down and then they’ve scored quickly after half-time.

“So to be 3-0 down with 10 players and then concede a fourth, the girls have just kept going and going and they deserved the goal.

“They could have had two or three, to be honest. They’ve put a shift in and there’s definitely no energy left in any of their tanks back in the changing room.

“It obviously wasn’t the plan to turn up and go down to 10 players so early on but we’ve learned things from today.

“One, the character of the girls and who can push to the end. Who is resilient and has the mental toughness.

“Two, to be able to change the plan of action and I thought the girls have done really well in that today.”

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