Reaction: Blues Women 0 Arsenal 4

Reaction: Blues Women 0 Arsenal 4

Blues Women Head Coach Carla Ward believes there are plenty of positives despite the defeat against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Vivianne Miedema, Lisa Evans and a double from Caitlin Foord consigned Blues to a defeat at St. George’s Park.

Ward’s side went in two down at the break, conceding in quick succession, but she was pleased with the reaction from her side in the second-half.

Speaking to the media she said: “We weren’t happy with the goals that we conceded in the first-half. We had words at half-time and thought we were much better in the second-half and got the reaction that we wanted. 4-0 for me, doesn’t really reflect the performance.”

Blues came out strongly in the second period and played positively against a strong Arsenal side, something that pleased Ward.

She explained: “There are a lot of positives to take, I don’t think we’ve given Arsenal an easy afternoon by all accounts.

“The reaction in the second half, the changes we made, everyone left everything out there’s rule number one.”

One of the positives from the game was the return of captain Christie Murray, who made her first appearance since the return fixture in December.

“She’s a leader, she picks everyone up, she drops into pockets,” Ward expressed. “She helps get out and up the pitch so, I’m delighted to get her back because she is so big for this team.”

Ruby Mace was given permission by her parent club to start against them today and Ward believes the future is bright for the young defender.

She said: “I thought she was outstanding. Ruby hasn’t put a foot wrong since she came in, she’s been fantastic and looks right at home in the WSL.

“For a 17-year-old, if I’m Arsenal Football Club, then I am excited for the future and I can’t wait to see her develop.”

Next up for Blues is a home game against Everton on Thursday 11 March, as Ward and her side look to build on the positives from today’s game.