Reaction: Blues 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 0
Head Coach Carla Ward declared herself happy with the graft that earned Blues a point in a 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Chances were at a premium at both ends as new-look Blues, who handed starts to two new signings, showed resolve to keep at bay the Seagulls while having their moments in this FA Barclays Women’s Super League encounter.
“It is a great point,” said Ward.
“First and foremost credit has to go to both sets of players. When you look at the two team sheets there were a lot of changes with both squads being hit by injuries and Covid but they made it an entertaining game.
“Brighton probably edged the second half and we will probably be the happier of the two camps with the point but we had a makeshift back four and a midfield and front three that had never played together before.
“Overall, I am fairly happy. On a different day, our basics would have been better and we could have come away with all three points but the one thing we always say is that we get points through hard work.
“I said before the game and at half-time to leave everything out there if we did that, we would take whatever result. They did that, dug deep and stuck together for a very important clean sheet.
“The cobwebs have been blown out now, we have a big week ahead and there are a lot of positives we can take from the hard work, desire and togetherness we have shown.”
Ward was impressed by what she saw from recruits Ruesha Littlejohn, who was a bundle of energy in midfield, and teenager Emily Murphy.
“Ruesha was superb,” added Ward.
“We know that she gives us that energy and quality. Emily was brilliant as well, I was laughing after 20-odd minutes because she was saying she was tired.
“That’s going to happen because she is 17 and has never played at this level before, I had asked her to give us everything she had and she did that.
“She is a really exciting talent and someone who is fitting in with the group well. She has a big future ahead of her.”