REACTION: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Blues Women 3

REACTION: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Blues Women 3

In Marta Tejedor’s first taste of Women’s FA Cup action, her Birmingham City Women side comfortably beat Yeovil Town Ladies 3-1.

Goals from Aoife Mannion, Emma Follis and Charlie Wellings secured a place in the fifth round against Reading Women, despite a late goal from Erin Bloomfield.

It was only the 50-year-old’s second match in charge, making just one change from the side that emphatically beat Chelsea Women. And although she was happy with his team’s performance, she believes that there continues to be room for improvement.

She said: “I’m very happy because we got the win to go through to the next round. For me, the result was very clear, and we were confident that we were going to get the result.

“However the performance had different moments, sometimes we played pretty well and had a lot of control of the ball but in other moments we lost the control of the match and it was nobody’s game. We shouldn’t have lost that control.”

The second goal came just 42 seconds after the restart, when Follis was played in expertly by Lucy Staniforth. The manager noted that they made a few tactical changes which helped exploit the space.

She said: “We made some corrections in the details at half time and we asked them to be more aggressive and direct because when we had the ball we were looking to switch it and find the space, but we weren’t exploiting it.

“So we said once you see the opportunity, go for it.”

It was Tejedor’s first outing against Yeovil and she explained what she made of the opponents and their consolation goal.

She said: “I think they did what we were expecting them to do. They played a lot of long balls to the two very good centre forwards and fought hard in the tackle.

“I’m disappointed because I think it was a goal we could have avoided. It was more likely for us to score a fourth than concede a goal, but it happens and it’s something we can work on.

“I think we have many things to improve. It’s not easy to change things in one week or two, so we need to patient. I think the players are understanding the ideas, but it will take some time to implement them, to put them into practice and understand each other.”