REACTION: Blues Women 0 Chelsea Women 0

REACTION: Blues Women 0 Chelsea Women 0

Manager Marc Skinner praised the personality of his squad in a resilient and resolute 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

Ann-Katrin Berger’s second-half penalty save secured Blues a hard-fought point,

Skinner said: “I’m really, really pleased with the character of the girls. This event was called personality and I think we’ve seen that in abundance.

“There were three things that I felt went against us: Marisa, Hayley [Ladd] and the penalty. We showed resilience, mental character and the personality. I can’t praise them highly enough.

“It’s five clean sheets out of six games and four wins, one draw and a loss. If we think that’s a negative, then we’re in the wrong world.”

In the 23rdminute, Blues suffered a blow as Marisa Ewers had to come off after sustaining a shoulder injury.

The central midfielder has been a key part of the squad this season and was replaced by summer signing Harriet Scott.

Speaking of the injury, the manager said: “It’s never nice to lose anybody. I don’t know the severity of the injury, but I’ll make sure I find out before I leave today. If it is as bad as it looks then she’ll be a sore miss for us.

“I think it’s a shock to the system. I’d like to believe that my players are ready to set in and somebody else can come on and take the challenge.

“But I trust the other players and I’m sure they will come in and step up.”

Although Chelsea created a number of opportunities, Blues recorded their fifth clean sheet and showed why they have one of the best defences in the league.

Meaghan Sargeant, who battled through illness to complete the 90 minutes, alongside Kerys Harrop, Aoife Mannion and Harriet Scott put their bodies on the line to deny Chelsea an opening.

They looked solid at the back, but the whole team worked hard to keep Chelsea’s attack at bay.

Skinner said: “We defend from the front and that’s why we get clean sheets. It’s not always about when our defenders defend but I think you can see today that our defenders can defend when required.

“It’s never a penalty. The tackle's not dangerous. But I take the referee’s point of view and I have a relationship where I can ask the question and I got an answer.

“Would we have like the win today? Of course, you always want to win but for what we’ve had to face today, the girls are doing wonderfully well and long may that continue.”