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Emily Westwood admitted that she and her Everton team mates were left frustrated following their 2-0 second leg victory over Roa IL in the UEFA Women's Champions League.
Everton went out 3-2 on aggregate despite a superb performance and were left to regret a three-goal defeat in the first leg in Norway.
"We believed that we could do it at the start of the game and when we went 1-0 up early on, we had the belief and kept pushing forward, "Emily told Women's Soccer Scene after the game. "When we had the goalmouth scramble in the first half, hit the post and the keeper made a couple of saves, then you have a little doubt that it was going to be your day today and it was frustrating."
Emily herself gave Everton a perfect start in the seventh minute with a clinical finish to give them the lead, from a great through ball by Fara Williams. "I look for those passes off of Fara because I know she can pick me out, it was a great ball and I finished it," she said.
The England midfielder also reserved praise for Michelle Hinnigan, who scored the second goal minutes after coming on as a substitute. "Michelle is a young girl who is very talented and done really well for us," she said. "It was a great move from the team and we did it most of the game to be honest. It all comes down to finishing in the end and we couldn't do that."
Everton threw everything they could at Roa but the third goal wouldn't come, going closest in injury time when a Fara Williams shot was inches off target. "I was at right back at the time and when Fara hits those you automatically think it's going to go in," said Emily. "I don't think it was our day today."
Emily was quick to acknowledge that mistakes in the first leg cost them dear in the overall picture. "We knew in the first leg that we had to keep it tight but we were a bit naive," she admitted. "It's a fortress here at Marine and we could have beaten anyone in Europe here today.
"Now we have to go on and win the league, which we are more than capable of doing and that's what we want to do so we can have another go in Europe next season."
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