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Mixed emotions for Alonso after League Cup victory

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Manager Fran Alonso was delighted as his side progressed into the quarter-finals of the SWPL Cup after topping Group A, but was left frustrated as a shortened warm-up period may leave him with an injury headache.

Goals from Summer Green, Sarah Ewens, Kathleen McGovern and Josephine Giard bettered Becky Galbraith’s consolation to secure a semi-final spot as they continue their unbeaten start to 2020, but it was a mixed response from Alonso.

“Our goal was to win and finish top of the group, but for me it wasn't a great day, as we need to assess one of our players for an injury now,” he confessed.

“The warm-up was too short because of the previous team on the pitch, which is an issue. We need to protect the players as things can be avoided. It affected the quality of both teams in the first half, so I wasn't very happy at the beginning.

Celtic had went ahead at the break by a single goal, but he was happy with how his side returned for the second half.

“It wasn't a great first half but we managed to get one goal, but we lifted the tempo in the second half. We had longer combinations and we had a lot of the possession and we exploited the spaces better. We scored four but missed many clear chances.

“I'm happy with the result, but unhappy with potentially having an injury now. We can’t have less than 35 minutes to warm-up,” he stated.

After a bumpy start to the group stage of the cup seen the Celts register a 0-0 draw with Glasgow Women, Celtic have netted 12 times since, with ten coming in the League Cup. And with that upturn in shots converted, Alonso believes it gives cause for confidence moving into the quarter-finals and he league campaign.

“We started the group creating 25 chances and we didn't score one, so we put a lot of emphasis on that. Since then we had a very tough challenge in Glasgow City and scored two, but we've scored ten in the other two games. We're still missing a few chances, but we're getting into good areas so it'll give us confidence to keep growing.“Now we're in the quarter-finals in a competition we really like we'll enjoy it, but refocus through the international break,” he said.


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