Football Ferns defender Meikayla Moore says her team’s 0-2 loss to Argentina was a step in the right direction, but was still not good enough.
At a post-match media interview, the 62-cap Moore said:
“We improved, but again, it’s not good enough,” she said, comparing the result to the 5-0 loss to Portugal last Friday.
“We are here to win matches. We’re here to play to win matches, and we didn’t do that today, but we can take the positives. And we have one more game to get those three points.
“(After Friday) we did a lot of talking. We almost stripped it beyond tactics and went to what we can control the basics, and that’s what we focused on.
“We can control the controllables essentially. You guys all see what’s out there, but there’s so much more stuff that we’re doing behind the scenes.
“And again, we didn’t get the result that we wanted to today, but we can take the positive momentum and the shift from the game previously till today.”
Main photo: Meikayla Moore … ‘we are here to win matches.’
Head coach Jitka Klimková said:
“I am glad that we improved our game and we had more positives moments in the game, but that’s not good enough to win those games, and we should be definitely winning those games,” says Klimková.
“We will review the game and we will find the way what we need to change for the game number three.”
Argentina captain and goalkeeper Vanina Correa:
“It was a very tough match. We tried to play it as equals, to find the gaps and luckily, we left with a victory.
“We try to get to the World Cup in the best possible way. We must continue working to achieve a level of play that is ours when it comes to facing the group stage.”
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Game to be played on Thursday February 23, 2023
New Zealand v Argentina (friendly)
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, 7pm