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Absolutely devastating...
 Women's Football News 3 Nov 2012
Absolutely devastating... - 3 Nov 2012 - Women's Football NewsI never want to lose a game like that again. 
Playing as well as we did and scoring such great goals, not only in the play offs but throughout the whole campaign, I think we proved that we are good enough to be part of the finals in Sweden next year and to have it all taken away in the last second of extra time after saving a penalty a minute beforehand was absolutely devastating.
I can't put into words what it was like after that final whistle went. There were so many different emotions, none more so than shock, anger and devastation. Everyone had worked so hard for that moment and it was taken away from us with the last kick of the ball...words can't describe that.
As a team we felt we never performed very well in the first leg (especially the first half). We sat off them quite a bit and that invited Spain to come at us. In the second half, we pressed higher up the pitch which allowed us to put more pressure on them and started to cause them problems.
After looking at the first leg we took the positives into the second game and felt we put in a great team performance. Overall I felt we showed not only why we deserved to be in the play-offs but I felt we deserved to qualify over the course of the games.
I felt the performance in Spain was fantastic, we knew what was at stake and that we had to score so we went all guns blazing. We aren't a team that are afraid to play attacking football just because we are away from home and I think that came across in Madrid.
This loss is going to stick with us for a long time, obviously taking the lead twice and playing well makes it so much more difficult to take. After speaking to some of the girls who have already been in this situation they say it's something they won't ever forget but it will definitely help us in the future should we ever find ourselves to be in a similar situation.
Obviously the injuries to Rachel and Ifeoma were a major blow but like any good team we had girls ready and prepared to fill their place. It showed that we have great strength and depth in our squad which can only be a positive.
I am more than confident that we can pick ourselves up from this, the squad went through the same heartbreak four years ago and it only gave them more determination and with all the talent that this team has, this experience will only better us for the future even though right now it still hurts.
As I say, even though it hurts to think about the play-offs by time the international games kick start again next year with the World Cup qualifiers, we will be ready to set things right and qualify for the finals of a major tournament.
The positive feedback we have received has been remarkable, all the media surrounding our game along with tweets and messages from people who have been supporting us has been fantastic. We hope that people recognise the women's game in this country and start to back women's football here whether that is by sponsorship, playing or just attending games. If that happens then there is no doubt that the game is going to grow and become even better in the future.

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