Ferns head coach Jitka Klimková: ‘Those games are part of football’

New Zealand head coach Jitka Klimková has rebuffed any suggestion her team were unlucky not to win their second international match against Thailand.

After the teams settled for a 0-0 draw in Christchurch, Klimková said in her post-match interview:

“I wouldn’t say unlucky. I think those games are part of the football.

“When you are creating, it’s our job to find a way to score. And we are the team that, in 2024, our priority is to get our quality [in the final third] better.

“We scored 32 goals in Samoa, we scored four goals against Thailand in our first game, and we just need to be more consistent with our quality.

“We can execute, we can make good decisions so for us now the key is to keep working on those things and tidy it up so we can be more consistent.”

Klimková said the Ferns stepped up the pressure on the Thai defence in the second half, delivering 30 crosses, compared to 18 in the first half.

“We wanted to get to the final third in the end of the day we did but this is something that this team is working on and we need to keep working on our quality with our decisions and executions,” she said.

Klimková said she had to give Thailand credit for their performance.

“They really took on their game analysis and review and were more prepared for us.”

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Game played on Tuesday April 9, 2024

New Zealand 0
Thailand 0

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