Lincoln Ladies boss Glen Harris believes success is a case of mind over matter
Glen Harris reflected on a rollercoaster first half of the season after watching Lincoln Ladies toss away another winning position against Liverpool on Saturday.
The Lady Imps led 2-0 and then 3-2 in the Women's Super League clash at Ashby Avenue, but had to settle for a draw following Kelly Jones' penalty four minutes into added time.
Lincoln have also let leads slip against Doncaster Rovers Belles and Bristol Academy this season. Harris says his side have been guilty of not sticking to the basics.
"Consistency has been our key problem," said the Lady Imps boss.
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"We've showed some flashes of really good football and on Saturday, for the first 20 minutes, we played as well as we have done this season.
"But mentally, we've got to learn to manage leads.
"We have been a goal in front a number of times. On Saturday we were two goals in front, which was a new experience.
"We've got to manage those leads and look after the ball and look after the game.
"Because they're good, technical footballers, they think the job is done and they stop doing the basics right. They lose a bit of organisation and we're trying to rectify that.
"It's the mental side we've got to build on."
Lincoln enter the mid-season break for the Olympic Games third-bottom in the table, having played all but one of their home league games.
But there have been high points too, like their first victory over the giants of the women's game, Arsenal, in the Continental Cup.
Lincoln are also the only side so far to have denied the Gunners three points in the league.
"It's been a rollercoaster with highs and lows," added Harris.
"There have been some really good highs. We've beaten Arsenal for the first time in our history and showed we can play against the best.
"We've done very well in the Continental Cup. We've won three out of three in that.
"But there have been some really disappointing performances as well.
"The consistency level has been the issue against the weaker footballing sides.
"The big lesson we have learnt in this league is that no side is going to make it easy for you. You've got to earn everything you get."
Harris had no issue with the award of Liverpool's late penalty, given for Casey Stoney's foul on Kelly Jones.
The visitors could have had a spot-kick seconds earlier when Rachel Daly clattered into Caroline Charlton.
"I thought ours was a stonewall penalty – she caught her heels in the box," said Harris of Lincoln's penalty for Vicky Jones' trip on Precious Hamilton, which made it 3-2.
"I'm going to sound like Arsene Wenger, but I didn't see the one we gave away, but to be fair to them, they should have had one a few minutes earlier.
"When you concede like that with the last kick of the game, it's a kick in the teeth."
To add insult to injury, Stoney was sent off for her second bookable offence and will serve a one-match suspension when the Super League resumes in August.
However, Stoney's spirits will have been lifted when she was named captain of the Great Britain women's team for the Olympic Games tournament, which begins on July 25.