Reaction: Blues Women 1 Bristol City 1
Head Coach Carla Ward had mixed emotions after Blues fought back to earn a point at home to Bristol City in the Barclays FA Women's Super League.
Ex-Blues striker Charlie Wellings found an empty net during a first-half where Blues struggled to gain a significant foothold.
But half-time discussions had the desired effect and captain Christie Murray levelled matters with a swinging strike into the top corner just before the hour.
Blues had the better of it from there without finding a winner that Ward felt could have arrived had second-half performance levels been in place from the off.
Ward said: “We were poor in the first half, there is no dressing it up.
“There were some fairly honest conversations at half-time and the reaction in the second-half was superb but it was really disappointing that it took until half-time for us to get going.
“The most disappointing thing is that we haven’t got three points. We have to turn up as we did in the second-half for 90 minutes, we have to try to maintain that quality throughout the game.
“We were pushing for the second and certainly on the front foot after half-time but it was not to be.
“Overall, a point was probably fair because Bristol City were hungry in the first half. They were at it from the off and we were not.
“The second half saw the roles reversed. It was a fair result but we are not going to say we are happy.”
One look at the league table would have ensured the importance of the match was lost on no one.
And asked whether the game's magnitude could have been a factor in the first-half display, Ward replied: “Potentially, yes.
“All season we have gone into games without being expected to win, all of a sudden we come into this one in a slightly better position than Bristol.
“They are on the up, though. Matt Beard is doing an unbelievable job and they have picked up some fantastic results.
“We can call it nerves or anything you want but we have taken a good point and have to build on that.”