Morphet | 'Second half was all about fight, passion, showing a bit of heart'

Anna Morphet has commended the fight and passion shown by Wolves Women despite losing on penalties in the Birmingham Challenge Cup final.

The Old Gold found themselves behind on three separate occasions against Rugby Borough and, despite fighting back to take the game to penalties, were beaten on spot-kicks. Skipper Morphet has spoken on the team giving themselves a mountain to climb at half-time, fighting back to force penalties and sticking together throughout the season.

On losing out on penalties

“It was a difficult ending, an emotional one. It’s difficult to lose on penalties. I thought the fightback from the girls was what we’re all about.

“At the end of the day, we didn’t do enough. Credit to Rugby Borough. They’re a good side, they played some fantastic football and scored some very good goals.

“In that first half we didn’t perform to where we can and where we know we can. That gave us a bit of a mountain to climb.

“To get to pens shows a lot of heart from the girls but, ultimately, it’s a cup final and penalties is a bit of a lottery. Fair play to them, they’ve taken their chance.”

On showing fight in the second half

“Second half was all about fight, passion, showing a bit of heart. We sat in there at half-time 2-0 down and we didn’t want to let the people who have travelled two hours to come and watch us let the game fizzle out.

“We had to show them what we’re about and what they mean to us. At the end, we just went for it and we managed to scrap our way to penalties.

“We can be proud of that fight, determination and showing what we’re about a bit more but, ultimately, disappointing at the end.”

On battling through a tough season

“It’s been the story of our season. It’s never a case of the girls not grafting or fighting – we’ll always give absolutely everything.

“We haven’t shown the quality we have sometimes to win games. The league’s tough, the cup’s tough.

“The game’s improving and I think we’ve just been off it from that point of view. We’ll stick together, win together and lose together. We’ll learn a lot from today.”