Football: Coach Jitka Klimkova searching for answers after Football Ferns' disastrous 'mini World Cup' campaign

Coach Jitka Klimkova has admitted her team needs a thorough examination from top to bottom after yet another disappointing result in the build up to the World Cup on home soil in July.

On Thursday, the New Zealanders fell to a 1-0 defeat to Argentina to round out a goalless losing run in their 'mini-World Cup' in their final confirmed match before the tournament begins.

That result came after a 2-0 loss to the same opponents earlier in the week in Auckland, which followed a 5-0 capitulation at the hands of Portugal.

In fact, the Ferns haven't won since their 2-1 victory over Philippines back in September 2022, a streak of eight games.

With just three wins in 21 matches, Klimkova will also be feeling the pressure, with just five months to right the ship before their World Cup opener against Norway on July 20.

"Our results are not what we wanted,"  Klimková said after the match. "We didn't win a game. We actually didn't score a goal.

"What was positive was that we didn't get worse. We actually got better in those three games.

"I really will review everything. I will reflect on our decisions. I will reflect on what has happened and look forward to the next tour.

Klimkova has been without the services of a host of first-choice players over the past week, including captain Ali Riley, veteran defender Rebekah Stott and goalkeepers Anna Leat and Vic Esson.

But the form of some of their stars will be a concern. Striker Hannah Wilkinson has failed to fire, exemplified with her inexplicable failure to convert a cross from Gabi Rennie to put her side ahead just before halftime in Thursday's clash with the Argentinians.

The Ferns' next opportunity to find some form will be in April, when they'll head to Europe to play two internationals against opponents yet to be determined. 

"When we were talking about what we need to do during these five months, we need to now use every day for our preparation," added Klimkova. 

"It's not just about the tours, it's not about being at good clubs and playing games in the clubs.

"We have to do much more and it's a lot of work that we need to add to what we have done prior because as you can see, the outcomes didn't go our way."