A FEW stern words from manager Steve Robertson at half-time were the catalyst to Swindon Town Ladies’ second-half comeback in their weekend clash with Southampton.
Having found themselves two goals down at the break in Premier League Division One South West, with Saints forward Krystal Whyte nabbing both for the hosts, Town battled back in the second period to level thanks to goals from Meg Attenborough and Beth Thompson.
Former Swindon striker Sheridan Palk thought she’d won the game for Southampton late on, only for Sarah Uzzell to force a 3-3 draw and, after a miserable start, Robertson was pleased with the application from his girls in grabbing a point.
He told Link Sport: “We didn’t get out of the blocks at all and they had a good start. They were exactly what we thought they were going to be – a young team who played good football. We didn’t really deal with it and we gave away two sloppy goals and went into half-time 2-0 down.
“We had some stern words in the changing rooms, changed it up a little bit more and in the second half came absolutely flying at them. With the number of chances we created in the second half, we should have won the game comfortably.
“When you’re 2-0 down and you’ve given yourself a mountain to climb, it’s not easy to get back into the game. Going there and getting a point wasn’t the end of the world, even though the girls felt it was like a loss.
“Going 2-0 down at half-time and coming back showed character. I don’t want to say two points dropped but it should have been a three-pointer. We move on. We’ve got Exeter next week at home, finally, so hopefully we can make the home ground a tough place to come.
“The girls showed great attitude. We came into half-time and we didn’t shout and holler at them, we just explained to them that if they wanted to get back on a minibus and go home having lost 3-0 or 4-0 then no problem whatsoever, but I’d rather they got on the minibus thinking they’ve given everything second half. We got that.”