JADE FERGUSON insists Sunday's 8-0 defeat was a game of two halves and said her team will take all the positives they can from it.

Captain Ferguson was speaking to Advertiser Sport after the defeat to Dunfermline and said the heavy scoreline came down to a lack of fitness in her team.

She said: "To go in 2-0 down against a side who we played in a friendly and got beat 5-1 we were all positive in the changing room but it all fell to pieces in the second half.

"[We got] tired legs, weren't giving an option up front, no movement. No creativity, but I think it came down to tired legs, switching off and not picking up players.

"We've took a few positives from the first half because it was a totally different game but these things happen in football."

Alloa only had one player on the bench and so players were coming on and off the pitch on a rotational basis.

In the end, Dunfermline's fitness – and their superior numbers on the bench – showed as Alloa ran out of steam.

Ferguson continued: "[I] think we've got a few more coming in this week but a lot of players are university players as well so they're going home [and] coming back but once we get the stability of players training each week we can work on things.

"It's definitely going in the right direction. Obviously, getting beat by these kind of scorelines is draining but you've just got to pull your socks up and get on with it."

Ferguson was a tower at the back and the amount of times she headed the ball clear was easily into the double figures.

"I'm going home to get some paracetamol," she joked. "I just loving heading the ball.

"In this division you'll see a lot of women shy away from it but in this league we need to be a bit more physical."

Despite three defeats in their opening three matches, Ferguson remains optimistic.

She continued: "You need that mentality but it is difficult. There's definitely positives from the first half. It was like two different games.

"We need players to be committed at training and the fitness needs to be improved too. Having that extra fitness will definitely help towards the end of a game."