Captain Pauline Windels puts her finger on the wound after the third defeat in a row with Zulte Waregem: “If you don’t score, you can’t win”

Women’s Football Super League SV Zulte Waregem

Pauline Windels believes that Essevee deserved more than a 0-2 defeat against RC Genk. — © Bart Vandenbroucke


Due to the 0-2 defeat against direct competitor RC Genk, Zulte Waregem has dropped out of the top six in the Super League for the time being. The fact that they lost three times in a row without scoring a goal is food for thought for staff and players. Moreover, the tough move to title favorite OH Leuven awaits on Saturday.

The match story of the past few weeks was also repeated for Essevee in the home match against Genk. “We were entitled to at least a draw, especially based on the first half, but we are not sharp enough in the zone of truth,” sighed captain Pauline Windels. “If you concede an avoidable goal just after half-time against a sophisticated opponent like Genk, you know that it will be extremely difficult. After that 0-1, we switched to a system with three at the back. On a corner kick we had the opportunity to level the score and turn the game around, but that didn’t work and then you end up being screwed over and left scoreless. A big disappointment for us. Just like in the matches against Club YLA and Standard, there was certainly more to it.”

Don’t have to

It is clear to captain Pauline Windels where exactly the problem is at Essevee. “We have not been able to score for three consecutive matches now and then it is of course difficult to get points. Above all, it should not start playing in our heads. We will have to work hard with the entire core to reverse that situation. Let it be clear, our attackers are not being targeted. We must look for solutions with the entire team to become more efficient and make the right choices in the zone of truth. In that sense, we may be able to turn things around in the away match against leader OH Leuven. It is a match in which we don’t have to at all. Without pressure on the boiler, everything we can pick up will be a big boost.”

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