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Reaction: Blues Women 2 Aston Villa Ladies 0

I was happier with the performance because it was a different type of performance, and needed

Marc Skinner

Manager Marc Skinner was happy with the way his team controlled the game, in their 2-0 win against Aston Villa Ladies in the Continental Cup.

He said: “We controlled the game from start to finish which is always pleasing. In those games, you have to be patient. 

“It’s either you go bloods, guts and thunder or you control the game. We had a better tempo than them but it just wasn’t quick enough throughout the game so I’m happy with the result.

“We play to get results and the way we controlled the game I was really happy with as well so there’s still lots and lots to come.

“It was good to have Charlie back and in the squad and obviously getting back onto the scoresheet and the goal tally so overall, I am actually pretty pleased with the way they controlled the game.”

Having drawn 0-0 to Manchester City last weekend, where Blues lost out on penalties, Skinner believed it was a completely different game. His team had to adapt to the way Aston Villa sat behind the ball, and exploit them in other ways.

“I think it was more calculated [of a performance] this week,” he said. “It was more controlled which I was happy with. 

“When a team don’t come out to play against you, if you rush into them they’re just going to clear it and turn it into a scrappy game. Every time it went out of play, Villa took as long as they could.

“So, I was happier with the performance because it was a different type of performance, and needed, than it was against Manchester City. If we’d have done that a little bit more against Man City then there’d have been more spaces for us to play in. But when a team doesn’t come and attack you, you have to find a way to break them down and that’s what we did today."

Second-half goals from Kerys Harrop and a returning Charlie Wellings secured the three points and the Manager praised the ability of his players with goals coming from defence and attack. But, he warned that they shouldn’t rely on one member of the squad to score week in, week out.

Skinner said: “Well if you look at the two goals we scored they’ve both come from set-pieces so it just shows how important they are as well, with second phases. It’s not always pretty football.

“But I look at the chances before that and we should be putting them away but I’m really happy for Kez [Harrop] and Charlie. We should have more goal scorers in the team. It doesn’t have to be down to one person, even though that one person is exceptional at it.

“So, any goal, any way is always welcome but we need to find different ways to score goals and we’ve done that today.”

Blues face Everton at the Automated Technology Group Stadium on Sunday 9 September, as they kick off their league campaign.

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