Preview: Blues v Manchester City

Blues seeking a change in fortune

Blues face Manchester City at Solihull Moors on Sunday (12 noon) determined to up performance levels.

And for Manager Marta Tejedor that should help reap points.

Last Sunday, Blues lost a tight match at Reading and Tejedor was not best pleased with the way the side went away from their strengths.

Blues tried to force matters too much after falling behind.

"In general, after every match I look at it. And for me it's more important the way we have done it, our performance. Rather than the score.

"The score should reflect the performance. But we know this is football, this is not the fairest sport, we know different things have an impact.

"It's not just you, there is an opponent in front of you, a referee. A lot of things.

"So, for me, what makes me happy or disappointed is the performance. Of course, the score helps! But I look at how we have played and we lost control of the match last week and we have to try to ensure that doesn't happen again."

Good news for Blues is the availability of key players again after injuries.

Tejedor said: "Manchester City will be the first match that Sarah Mayling will be fully available. Before, she had a time limitation.

"Brianna Visalli will be able to play a little bit longer and it may even happen that Kerys Harrop can play some minutes. Not too long, but maybe a few minutes. That would open a new door for us."

Blues also have new signings Emma Kelly and Georgia Brougham in the fold, and Tejedor said the Club were hopeful of adding more depth to the ranks.

"We are still working on a couple of possibilities. We will see."

And on the new recruits, she reiterated: "Probably it will take some time for them to get their best. But hopefully they will play very soon.

"Emma has been out of competition for a couple of months. So that is likely to be a little bit longer for her."

The visitors are three points behind leaders Arsenal whilst Blues continue to try and haul themselves away from the lower reaches of the Barclays FA WSL.

"There are always a difficult team," said Tejedor. "And they have been doing some new things, changing their system and the way they organise their team.

"They are not the easiest opponent but we have prepared for what to expect."

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