Reaction: Blues Women 1 Aston Villa 1

Reaction: Blues Women 1 Aston Villa 1

Head Coach Carla Ward revealed her Blues players had shed tears of joy after snatching a crucial point at the death in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

The stakes could not have been higher with Freya Gregory’s first-half goal dividing the teams in the Second City Derby but Veatriki Sarri’s free-kick levelled matters six minutes past the 90.

The point could also prove vital as Blues took another step towards Barclays FA Women’s Super League safety with Sarri’s first league goal since joining the club in January.

Ward said: “V has been sensational.

“It was a case of Sarah (Mayling) with the right peg or V and I told her to pick it up because I knew what she would be capable of.

“I had her at Sheffield United for a couple of years and she is unbelievable. What technique and she meant it, that was only going one way and I am delighted for her.

“She was nearly in tears and some of the girls were at the end and that tells you a lot about what this means to them.”

Ward admitted Blues had not performed but argued the share of the spoils had been hard-earned – and not just on the night.

She told “We were second best all night but honestly, I don’t care how badly we played right now because we got the point.

“Despite playing poorly, the one positive was that we did not rollover. It was one of our worst performances of the season but we somehow got the point so credit to the players.

“I said to them that I didn’t care how badly they played, you’ve dug in and saved yourselves from a very different post-match team talk.

“Everyone wrote them off at the start of the season and they have been sensational, on and off the pitch.

“They are a joy to work with and they deserve this, they don’t give in and they look after each other.