Watford Ladies' head coach Armand Kavaja described his side's 2-0 loss to Cardiff City as "just one of those days" after a dominant display by the Golden Girls returned no points.

Speaking to the club website after a goal in each half from Jasmine Turner and Chloe Lloyd handed the win to the Bluebirds, Kavaja admitted he was baffled by the defeat.

“I still can't believe it,” he said.

“It's a shame because you look back and see what did we do wrong? Could we have done anything different? Could we have changed things? Could we have changed tactics? When you create as many chances as that, you hope to win any game or at least score a goal. It was just one of those days when the ball didn't want to go in.”

Watford were without their captain and top goalscorer Helen Ward for the game, who was suffering with a calf injury and as a result struggled to convert the chances they created.

The Hornets started the game at a fercious pace, with Leanne Bell and Ryah Vyse putting Claire Skinner under pressure in the Cardiff net.

Adekite Fatuga-Dada also combined neatly with Anaisa Harney to create a shooting chance before forcing a good stop from Skinner herself.

Just after the 15 minute mark, Turner put the visitors ahead with a stunning long-range effort, leaving Watford behind, trying to rediscover their early creativity while Cardiff held firm at the back and did well to reduce the Hornets' chances throughout the remainder of the half.

Skinner was made to work again following the restart, but a second unstoppable effort, this time from Lloyd, five minutes into the second-half made Watford's task twice as difficult.

Cardiff held on for the win, as the Hornets pushed to try and gain something from the game. 

Fatuga-Dada had a hatful of chances in the closing stages of the game, but some vital stops from Skinner prevented the ball from finding the net.

“At least one of those chances should have been taken but scoring goals is the most difficult thing to do in the game,” said Kavaja.

“We just needed that composure, that split-decision thinking when you decide whether to go through the ‘keeper or around the ‘keeper. It's not easy and I can't blame anyone. Their ‘keeper was the man of the match so that says it all.”