Women. Langley: We want to get back to winning ways

07 Sep 22

Newcastle United Women manager Becky Langley has sent a defiant message to her squad as the Lady Magpies gear up for Thursday night's Tyne-Tees derby against Middlesbrough Women

The FA Women's National League Division One North fixture has been earmarked by Langley as the perfect opportunity for her side to bounce back from Sunday's narrow 4-3 defeat against Hull City Ladies at Kingston Park.

"There's nothing better after a loss than to have a game soon after to put it right," she said. "We are really excited for the game and just want to get back to winning ways."

The Lady Magpies led 2-0 early on in Sunday's fixture, going in at the break at 2-2 before being marginally edged by their Humberside counterparts in a closely-contested battle.

"We were disappointed," said Langley. "We all recognised that we need to be better in both boxes.

"It was an end-to-end game and for the people watching it was very entertaining."

The Newcastle Women boss revealed that Newcastle felt hard done by when the referee awarded Hull a penalty on the stroke of half-time, which they converted to level the scores going into the second period.

"The penalty was incredibly controversial," she said. "It was a real sucker punch to take going into half time and I think we felt a little aggrieved. But overall, we need to be better in both boxes."

She expanded her frustrations, lamenting the injuries that the Lady Magpies have suffered already in pre-season and at the beginning of 2022/23.

"We have been in a tricky position because we have lost three of our back four," she said. "Olivia (Watt), Ellen (Packham) and Grace (Boyes) are all injured and that's been a big blow.

"A settled defence is a big reason as to why we were so consistent last season."

Despite her frustrations, Langley reiterated her desire to look ahead to the next fixture - and what a fixture it is.

"There's a huge buzz about playing in a derby," she said. "For me especially, it's a club I was at for many years.

"I want to make sure that we come out on the right side of the result."

Photograph courtesy of Colin Lock/@Tyneside_NUWFC

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