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Disappointing to lose - Helen
 Women's Football News 13 Nov 2008
 
Disappointing to lose - Helen - 13 Nov 2008 - Women's Football NewsWales goalscorer Helen Lander admitted that she was disappointed that their friendly against Finland ended in a 2-1 defeat.
 
Two second half goals put paid to Wales' chances and she said after the game: "We had a good first half and came in 1-0 up but we didn't come out after half time and in the first ten minutes they scored their goals. Apart from that we matched them and put in a really solid display so it was really disappointing to finish on the losing side.
 
"It was nice to tuck away the first chance I got. It was a great through ball from Jess (Fishlock), she put it on a plate for me and all I had to do was apply the finish. It was just a shame we couldn't hold on.
 
"It's a tough role playing on my own up front but I'm enjoying it, every game is a challenge for me. The Luxembourg game was a nice way for me to start my career with Wales and this was a different challenge, a lot more physical and I saw less of the ball so it was important that when I got it, I did the right things and hopefully with each game, if I get selected, I can improve as the team does.
 
"It will be interesting (on Friday) as both teams will know more about each other but it's a different game and we'll look to eradicate the errors that cost us today and hopefully get a win."
 
Jessica Fishlock remained in an upbeat mood despite the result, saying: "I thought we played well. We did what we worked on in the last couple of days and they didn't break us down in the first half. We played to our strengths and counter attacked well - we got the first goal but it was just frustrating that we started the second half and within five minutes we were 2-1 down.
 
"They probably took it up another level but that's what happens - they are ahead of us and that's where we want to be. It's the odd goal defeat which is frustrating.
 
"When they equalised, the thing that went through our heads is "here we go again" and it does knock you back - all the hard work you've done has just gone. You try to get back into it but your heads go down and their heads go up and that's what happens when you play the better sides - they punish you.
 
"I was pleased with the pass for goal but it doesn't matter if Helen doesn't finish it, and she finished superbly so all the credit goes to Helen really.
 
"We'll have Jayne (Ludlow) back on Friday which boosts the team completely and we know how they play now so we'll work on it and try to counteract how they play and what they do. The main difference between the sides is their build and strength - technically I don't think there is a lot of difference as we created chances and our wingers were superb today - Loren Dykes, Cheryl Foster and Emma Plewa when she came on which goes to show, with Helen attacking and me just behind, we are dangerous.
 
"We got a goal against a big side and were in front of them so we are improving, you have to take the positives from these kind of games."

 
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