on the difference between the sides...
I think quality in possession was probably the difference between the two teams. And when chances are few and far between you've got to take them, and today we had limited chances and when they did come we couldn't get that final finish. We were disappointing in possession, we gave the ball away cheaply at times, we tried to force it at times, but we had to go for it because we had to win. It's a fine line between having possession and trying to get in behind a team. I think we could have been better on the ball but we tried to have a gameplan. It worked at times but we needed a bit more quality. Credit to the Germans, over the two legs they deserved to go through.

on being written off before the tie...

We were definite underdogs, you can't deny that, and the fact that we've lost so many players over such a recent time makes that worse. That was never an excuse and we didn't speak about that, we spoke about the qualities we did have and how we could try and stop their threat and build on our strengths. We tried to stop their threat and the fact we weren't opened up too often in the final third proved that, but we didn't play to our strengths as much as we could have done.

on missing suspended striker Kim Little...
She was a big miss. When you talk about technique and being better in that respect, she's our best technical player so when you take her out you lose that little bit of spark, that something special that can change the game. Not taking anything away from the girls that played because they worked their socks off, and when you're working that hard it's tough to keep your technical ability high. That's something we have to work on.

losing so many experienced players...

I think you've got to give credit to the kids who stepped up. If you looked at the age of our team, it is a big split between the over-30s and the under-20s and it's that gulf in between that's we got to fill. We need those kids to build experience and move up. We finished the game with two 17-year-olds on the pitch which says a lot about our development and our future, but I think when you're up against experienced, international players, sometimes their quality can shine through.

on how the experience will help the youngsters...
You can't buy that experience. One girl in particular, Danielle Carter, she's playing against two international Germans who have probably got 200 caps between them, and she's an Under-17 international who has only just stepped up to this level. I think she proved that with work and a bit more experience, there's no reason why she can't become the next big thing.

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