Doncaster Belles: Milligan wants strong start from reserves

Duncan Milligan. Photo by Paul Thomas - The FA/The FA via Getty Images
Duncan Milligan. Photo by Paul Thomas - The FA/The FA via Getty Images
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Reserves coach Duncan Milligan wants to see a first half display which matches the second following Doncaster Rovers Belles’ defeat to Birmingham City reserves on Sunday.

The Doncaster side were up against it before a ball had been kicked as Nicky Emery pulled up in the warm-up because of injury.

Her unfortunate omission left the Belles being forced to play with 10 players.

Despite a Naomi Chadwick spot-kick levelling the tie at 1-1, the Belles went into the interval 4-1 down to their Midlands counterparts - which was the final score.

Milligan said he was ‘disappointed’ following their second defeat from two league games.

“(It’s) probably the third game in a row for the development squad where we gave the other team a 45-minute head start.”

He went on: “The girls are working hard in training and they are putting second half performances in.

“So, if we can get that first half performance going, we have a chance.”