Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels claimed that second goals in women’s football come soon after the first because “women are more emotional than men”.
Shiels was speaking after her team’s 5-0 thrashing of England in front of a crowd of 15,348 at Windsor Park, when Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s Women’s World Cup were dashed.
He said: “I thought sometimes they were struggling a bit to open up to the psychology of going two up.
“In women’s football you will have noticed if you review the patterns, when a team concedes a goal they concede a second in a very short period of time.
“Across the whole spectrum of the women’s game, because girls and women are more emotional than men, so they don’t take a goal very well.”
Northern Ireland conceded three goals in nine minutes against Austria on Friday.
England opened the scoring on Tuesday through Lauren Hemp in the 26th minute, but Shiels’ side held the deficit to one goal at interval before conceding four times in 27 minutes of the second half.
“When we were down 1-0, we tried to slow down to give them time to get that emotional imbalance out of their heads. That’s a problem we have,” Shiels added.
“It’s not just in Northern Ireland, but in every country.”
Northern Ireland needed to avoid defeat against Group D leaders England to keep alive their slim hopes of advancing to Australia and New Zealand next year.
While they may still be level on points with second-placed Austria, Northern Ireland’s inferior record has extinguished any chance of overtaking their rivals for the sole play-off spot.
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