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REACTION: Everton Ladies 1 Blues Women 3

If you’re losing for a long time, on a pitch where you can’t play your style of football, you begin to get frustrated, so it was crucial we equalised at the time we did.

Marta Tejedor

Birmingham City Women manager Marta Tejedor recorded her second win at the helm in the FA Women’s Super League with a 3-1 win over Everton Ladies.

A looping effort from Hayley Ladd and an Ellen White brace secured all three points for Blues at Southport FC.

The manager was pleased with the performance from her side, who had little time to prepare as a full squad following the international break.

Tejedor also applauded her opponents, who made it difficult for Blues, with their pace and dangerous attacks.

She said: “It was difficult out there tonight. We’ve just come back from an international break and some of our players only returned on Saturday, so it didn’t get us a lot of time to prepare for this game. But during this break, we continued to work with the players left to build this team. The last couple of weeks in training has been really good and we knew that playing against Everton would be tough.

“The pitch made it difficult for us, but the game also highlighted that Everton shouldn’t be in the position they are in the league. They should be much higher up in the table because particularly when they had the ball, they were really dangerous and were quick in the front line.

“We’re happy with the performance in the end.”

Everton had taken the lead after eight minutes when Inessa Kaagman fired a strike beyond the helpless Hannah Hampton. However, just a minute later Blues were back on level terms when Ladd struck on the half volley.

Tejedor explained how crucial this was in swinging the momentum back in Blues’ favour.

She said: “It was really important to get back into the game, especially that quickly. If you’re losing for a long time, on a pitch where you can’t play your style of football, you begin to get frustrated, so it was crucial we equalised at the time we did. We shouldn’t have gone behind, but once it happened we had to get back on level terms.

“Ellen’s goal before the break didn’t change my half time team talk, but you go into the break in a more positive frame of mind and feeling confident. You know that the hardest part is done, while Everton would have gone into the changing rooms knowing there is work still to be done.”

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