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'We must use this as a learning curve' - Oxtoby

Tanya Oxtoby was left frustrated and disappointed by her teams’ performance as Bristol City Women were knocked out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup by Durham Women. 

A second-half brace from Lisa Robertson was enough to see the side from the north east advance to the quarter-final stages of the prestigious cup competition. 

“Credit to Durham, they have come here and got a result but it’s not really about what they did, it’s more about what we did or didn’t do,” said Oxtoby. 

“I think we’re really disappointed with that performance and some players should take a good hard look at themselves about the standards we set for ourselves. 

“In possession we were poor today in the second-half, I thought in the first-half we controlled the game really well and created some really good opportunities.

“This is one of those games that we’re going to have to use as a learning curve, but that is the harsh reality of football"

Tanya Oxtoby

“I also think that structurally we had the right tactics in place and we were playing in the areas that we had identified to exploit, but the players moved away from that in the second-half. 

“This is one of those games that we’re going to have to use as a learning curve, but that is the harsh reality of football. 

“I was very frustrated to lose Lucy [Graham] after six minutes, I thought it was a very poor challenge and there wasn’t even a card. She’s had to go to hospital to make sure that her eye is ok and there is no long-term damage - there is no place for things like that in our game. 

“The beauty of where we are at is that there is a short turnaround between games so we’ve got to put that performance behind us, learn what we need to from it and look to put in a good solid performance against Chelsea on Wednesday night."