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PREVIEW: Sheffield United v Blues Women

It will be a different challenge. I watched Sheffield against Villa and they’ve got a certain way of playing. We know that and whether they adapt or not, we’ll prepare either way as we do for anyone.

Marc Skinner

Blues Women are back in Continental Cup action against Sheffield United this Sunday as boss Marc Skinner labelled his side chameleonic.

With his team facing their first away game of the 2018/19 campaign, he explained that their “principles with always stay the same, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll play the same way” when it comes to playing as the visitors.

He said: “We just adapt positionally to ensure we exploit the weaknesses of the opposition and defend their strengths.

“I’d like to say we’re quitechameleonic in the way that we adapt to our surroundings so that we can gain the most success.”

To be successful they will have to overcome a difficult week in their schedule, as they start a three-game week with a trip to Sheffield.

The hosts were on of the teams successful in their Tier 2 application and join the Women’s Championship from the former FA WPL Midlands Division One where they finished third.

They have had a squad overhaul, but Carla Ward remains manager at the top who Skinner dubbed as “ambitious.”

So far, the Blades clocked up three points against Aston Villa, but have since fell to defeats against Bristol City and Durham.

On Sunday, they come up against a Blues side that have made an unbeaten start and haven’t conceded a goal in the process, but the manager says that “it will be tough.”

He said: “It will be a different challenge. I watched Sheffield against Villa and they’ve got a certain way of playing. We know that and whether they adapt or not, we’ll prepare either way as we do for anyone.

“We’re not focused on the Brighton game; our sole focus is Sheffield and making sure we come out with the best result as possible which is obviously a victory. That’s what we’re looking for but we’ve got to work for that.

“I think they’re a good team and I don’t think the result against Durham was what they wanted but they’ll be looking to bounce back so it will be a hardly fought contest.

“They’ll either sit and counter which is one of the things we’ve encountered against most of the teams we’ve played so far or they’ll come out and play a game which, if you watch them, is very apparent. They have a key set of traits which we’ve identified and we’ll be looking to exploit that.

“I think they’re a growing team and they’ll do well going forwards and they need a bit of time to gel. Hopefully we’ve got them at the right time so we can take advantage of that.

“We want to beat every team that we play. We’re not trying to dismiss the threat that Sheffield have. We just want to overcome each obstacle that we find and it’s an event in our season that we have to plan and prepare.”

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