There are different ways to lose:
1. Deservedly beaten.
2. Defeated controversially.
3. Defeated by sheer bad luck.
4. Defeated by fine margins – and wallow in defeat.
5. Defeated by fine margins – but before even leaving the field, the aura is completely: how do we improve, what do we do better next time, how do we ensure victory in the same circumstances……. and that is exactly what we saw and what we heard, from players and management and pundits.
And that is what we admire most about this wonderful journey that these heroines have brought us on.
Personally, I have my own opinions on VAR.
For the disallowed goal: everyone seemed to agree that technically it was correct to disallow our goal – I disagree with the rules as they stand.
For the penalty given to us:
in real time I thought Ellen White had to have been brought down. Then the initial tv replays certainly suggested that she had just missed the ball and the chance had gone begging.
And when it went to VAR: 4 different angles backed that up. But one other angle, showed that gut instinct was correct.
so I was delighted that the Referee appointed the penalty.
Unfortunately, Steph Houghton couldn’t convert the penalty, possibly nerves got the better of her, but there’s no doubting that she was a Titan of the tournament nonetheless. As was the whole squad. Kudos.