Sarah Wilson says the Durham Women squad leave East London with their heads held high after defeat to West Ham United.
The Wildcats fell to a 3-0 loss against the top tier side as they exited the Continental Tyres Cup at the quarter-final stage.
And while the club’s cup run has come to an end for this season, Wilson was keen to praise the efforts of the side – particularly in the second half.
“We can take a lot of heart from that, especially the second half performance,” said the Durham skipper.
“We’re a little bit disappointed with the first half because we had a crazy five minutes where we switched off, and against the bigger teams you can’t do that.
“Unfortunately it wasn’t our night.”
“The second half was absolutely brilliant,” she continued.
“We made some changes and changed our shape and we got forward.
“We created and we really made it difficult for them, we’re really proud of each other and how we responded.”
The game pitted Durham against a team packed full of internationals, and Wilson admits it was a good experience for the squad as they look to press on in the FA Women’s Championship.
“I was doing a little bit of reading and the striker I was playing up against had 97 caps for Australia,” said the defender.
“It’s good to test yourself against those players, put yourself up against them and see how you can compete.”