Reaction: Everton 3-1 Blues Women

We will take a lot out of that performance.

Scott Booth

Head Coach Scott Booth was pleased with his side’s improvements despite losing to Everton on Saturday afternoon.  

Goals from Leonie Maier, Hanna Bennison and Rikke Sevecke gave the hosts all three points at Walton Hall Park. 

Jade Pennock had equalised for Blues in the first-half with her first goal of the season, but late concessions consigned the visitors to defeat.  

Following the loss, Booth reflected positively on the performance from the team but recognised there is still work to be done.  

Speaking to the media, he said: “I thought that we offered a lot more as a team. We were organised, I felt that the effort from the players was 100% there and they brought into the game plan completely and that is really pleasing for me. 

“We were much better in possession as well and threatened them. We scored a really good goal as well. We are disappointed with the third goal, but ultimately, we wanted improvement from the players, and we definitely got it.” 

Midfielder Pennock also struck the team’s first goal of the season, and the Head Coach was happy to see his side showing more quality in attack.  

He explained: “The reason we were able to score that goal is because we were higher up the pitch, we won the second ball back. I think that is what we have to do more often as a team, be more committed to winning the ball. When we steal the ball in those areas, we want to be clinical and show some quality.” 

Two of Everton’s goals came in the final 15 minutes, and Booth pointed out the depth of Everton’s squad and the changes they were able to make. 

He said: “In the final phase, I think there were just a lot of tired legs out there. They were able to make a number of top-class changes, and that is always an issue late on in a game. The players that came on for us also offered a little bit more pace in the front areas.” 

Today’s match marked the beginning of a three-game week for Blues, with Chelsea in the Vitality Women's FA Cup on Wednesday, and Manchester United in the league on Sunday. Booth is aware of the challenges ahead but is looking for continued improvement from his team.  

He added: “It doesn’t get any easier. It’s a very busy week, a challenging week. We will take a lot out of that performance this week. We will continue working on things and look to improve even more.”