REACTION: West Ham Women 1 Blues Women 2
Marta Tejedor recorded back-to-back victories for the first time in the league since her arrival in January with a 2-1 win over West Ham United Women.
After coming from behind, Birmingham City Women once again found a way back into the match. Goals from Hayley Ladd and Chloe Arthur secured all three points at Rush Green Stadium.
The manager was happy with the result but felt her team could have performed better on the day. However, she acknowledged that in the FA Women’s Super League the sign of a good team is those who don’t perform to their best on the day, but get the result needed.
She said: “I’m feeling happy of course, and very proud of my team. Today wasn’t our best performance, especially in the first half.
“That was a little bit disappointing for us, but I think at the end in this league, if you can keep winning even when you’re not playing well, that is a massive plus.
“It’s very important to have the ability to come from behind in games, even though we would prefer to not be behind in the first place.
“We shouldn’t have to be losing in order to react because we shouldn’t allow it to happen. But for me, it’s good that when we do go behind we can equalise and go on to win.”
In the game, Anna Moorhouse was sent off for handling the ball outside the box. Tejedor noted that it was key moment that ultimately changed the result of the match.
She said: “The turning point in the game was the red card. It was a key moment in the game which changed it for us.
“We had one extra player which made it easier to play against in the end as it gave us space in the midfield. It made us take more risks, which helped us to get the winning goal.”
Ladd scored for the second game in a row and impressed her manager for her abilities on set pieces.
Tejedor said: “We scored twice from a set piece again today and Hayley has been influential in taking them. I’m very proud of her.
“We won’t be taking her off corners any time soon,” she joked.