'I thought they gave us a fantastic game.' Hills

Karen Hills

Head Coach Karen Hills reflects on her side's third-round 3-1 Vitality Women's FA Cup victory over MK Dons which witnessed injury-time goals from Elisha N’Dow and Melissa Johnson. 

Hills sharing her initial reactions after the full-time whistle.

"Credit to MK Dons, I thought they gave us a fantastic game, we knew from the first minute it was not going to be easy and you could see that conditions played a little bit of a part. I thought it was two teams which where even at the break, obviously we where fortunate enough to have a couple of penalties we scored one, missed one and then heading into the second half we knew we where going to be in a good place in terms of fitness. But, fair play to MK Dons, I thought they battled to the very end and took it to the wire."

"We were just telling them they just need to believe in the quality we had and believe they were going to create a couple of key moments in those last ten minutes as we have done over the past couple of games. We have been a team that has been able to score goals in the latter stages of the game and the players needed to believe that they had the quality to do that."

Reflecting on the Elisha N'Dow stoppage time goal. 

"Elisha is a fantastic player who we value very much and her coming up from the set piece, obviously she scored one in the league and then she has come here and scored again from a set piece, it was a great finish, clinical, calm but it was a great delivery as well which was just what we needed to settle the nerves and we where not wanting that game to go into extra time so to get the game done in 90 minutes was a credit to the girls."

Thoughts heading into Wednesday night's Continental Cup Clash against Crystal Palace. 

"Yes, it is always going to be tough especially after coming back after nearly a month off in terms of game time. But, the players are looking ok, obviously, they needed that today I think it got a few cobwebs out and thankfully we got through the game we got 90 minutes under our belt for the majority of the players, we had some players which didn't get on as well so it is about regrouping, recovering and making sure we are ready to go again for Wednesday and it starts now with the recovery." 

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