Monday, August 6

By Steph Houghton

Stephanie Houghton

Friday night was devastating for us. As a squad we were really disappointed that we didn't go through and I don't think we did ourselves justice. We didn't perform very well as a team but you have to give credit to Canada because they came with a game plan and managed to stop us from playing. They probably deserved the win and we are massively disappointed with that.

We were not happy with conceding two goals from set-pieces because we should not be doing so from those situations.

In a tournament like this you have massive highs and massive lows. That is football and the whole experience for us as players and coaches was something we are never going to forget. We hope that we have inspired a generation who want to play and watch women's football more often.

It was even better than we expected because every day there was something new. I can't really put into words how good it was - it was just the best time of my life and something I will never forget.

I would like to think we have boosted the game massively. It has been in the papers every day - always in the news and on the television. It is going to be brilliant for women's football. We have had so many messages from people saying they want to start playing, or from parents telling us that their daughter wants to start. For us that is amazing. Hopefully it can continue into the WSL season with more people getting involved.

After experiencing one Olympics you want to be a part of them all. If there was an opportunity to go to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 I am sure that everybody would want to, myself included. The Olympics has been incredible and going for that gold medal as one team is something we all want to be a part of again.

Now I think we will have a rest over the next week before we get back into the swing of things with Arsenal. Playing five matches in such a short space of time has taken its toll! We just have to make sure we are fit and fresh before the domestic season starts again.

A lot of the squad are going back to the Olympic Village today and tomorrow to experience the rest of the Games. We're still around for the closing ceremony and we want to be part of everything that's on offer.

While the rest is welcome, I am looking forward to getting back to action with Arsenal. There are still two trophies up for grabs and, after speaking to the other girls, we are all up for that and want to show everybody that we can take our performances from the Olympics back with us. 

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