Reaction: Everton 1 Blues 1

Reaction: Everton 1 Blues 1

Head Coach Carla Ward believed her players deserved all the credit for their performance after a 1-1 draw with Everton. 

Jamie-Lee Napier’s first goal for the club cancelled out Dan Turner’s opener to secure an important point for Ward’s side. 

And following a determined and well-fought performance, Ward was full of praise for her side post-match.

She said: “They have been absolutely outstanding this week. As a staff, we said before the game that we felt we were going to get something.

“It is a credit to them; the players deserve all the credit for that performance. I’d like to think that tonight we will be praising the players.

“[It’s a] Massive point. We knew we would have large spells without the ball because Everton have a lot of quality. We needed to nullify any pockets that they like to get into, and I thought we did it brilliantly today. The way they defended today was absolutely superb.”

Blues’ leveller came from Napier, her first for the club, and Ward was pleased with her performance and the progression she has made since being at the club. 

She explained: “She’s come on leaps and bounds. She has got herself in good shape, she’s fighting, she’s hungry and full of energy. She’s been brilliant and fully deserving of the goal.” 

There was also a debut for 17-year-old Ruby Mace who put in an outstanding performance at the heart of the defence. 

“If I’m Arsenal tonight, I’m excited after watching that,” said Ward. “She was outstanding today and looked like she’d been there for years. She’s a very talented individual that will go very far in the game.”

Blues take on Second City rivals Aston Villa on Wednesday and Ward believes if her side can replicate their performance, they stand themselves in good stead. 

She added: “The performance is the aspect that pleases me most. If we can take that into Wednesday, then we have got a good chance.”