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Reaction: Blues Women 0 Manchester City 4

Blues Women's Head Coach Carla Ward said her side will not be disheartened by the defeat to Manchester City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday.

Goals from Lauren Hemp, Caroline Weir and a double from Sam Mewis gave the visitors all three points at St. George’s Park.

Following the match, Ward recognised the quality of Manchester City’s performance that her team - who gave everything - came up against.

Speaking to the media, she said: “I think we’re disappointed, but not disheartened. That was probably the best performance that we have come up against all season.

“It was a bit of brilliance to be honest from Chloe Kelly to tee up Sam Mewis, and you know what happens when Sam Mewis gets on the end of a header.”

Blues went in a goal down at the break but conceded twice in a minute shortly after the interval to put the Citizens in control.

“We went in feeling positive at the break, but we are disappointed to concede two goals in quick succession,” said Ward. “We pick ourselves up and dust off and go again, those games won’t define our season, that’s for sure. They will make us stronger.

“This group have been written off since day one. We take each game as it comes, we maintain focus, stick together and hopefully, we will pick up points.”

The Blues Boss was able to name seven substitutes on the bench today and hopes to welcome back more bodies over the coming weeks.

She explained: “Christie Murray had her first contact training session on Saturday so all being well, she will be back in the squad for the Arsenal game.

“Libby Hart was on the bench again because she’s been excellent in training. Hopefully, we have the bodies to see us through the rest of the season because we need it after going through the first-half of the season skeleton thin. It’s the tough times where you learn and develop.”

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