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Sargeant reaches 75 appearances

Playing consistently and getting the minutes is important for me because the more I play, the more I learn and the better I become.

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Defender Meaghan Sargeant made her 75th competitive appearance for Birmingham City Women in the 3-2 victory over Chelsea Women.

The 24-year-old describes herself as calm, quick and technical – three characteristics that she has possessed on the pitch since her arrival at the club in 2014.

Her landmark appearance came in the win over Chelsea at Kingsmeadow.

She said: “It was good for me to find out after the game that it was my 75th appearance and obviously we won against Chelsea which tops it off really.”

Sargeant progressed through the ranks at Sheffield United and Arsenal, before joining Blues where she has made 75 appearances in blue.

Reflecting on her time at the club, she said: “Playing consistently and getting the minutes is important for me because the more I play, the more I learn and the better I become.

“For me the Reading game when I scored was one of the standout moments of my time here, but this season I also enjoyed when we played Chelsea at home, it was quite a tough game and there were chances at both ends. As a defender, we managed to keep them out and I made some good blocks so that was a memorable one.”

Having been capped for England at Under 15 and U17 levels, Sargeant was a member of the Lionesses’ U19 squad that finished runners-up at the 2013 European Championship in Wales. Throughout the tournament, Sargeant partnered team-mate Aoife Mannion at the heart of England’s defence.

She went on to join Blues Women the following year and reunited with Mannion as her centre-back partner.

She said: “Birmingham got in touch with me and they were quite a young team. They had young players that played regularly so that interested me quite a lot. Obviously they were also in the same league as Lincoln.

“I came and had a look at everything, and I thought about how it would allow me to go home. So it meant that I could stay at home and travel in because they didn’t train every day. In the end I signed for them and four years later I’m still here.

“Since I moved here, I’ve had different challenges. I didn’t really start that much, I picked up a couple of injuries and Marcus and Dave left.

“Marc [Skinner] then came in, and I do think that my better seasons have been since Marc’s taken over. He has really helped me develop as a player and I’m actually starting to find my feet this season. Sadly he’s left but for good reason. But now Marta’s come in so hopefully it just carries on going.

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