Preview: Blackburn v Blues

We know that we will have to be focused on the task in hand to make sure that we progress.

Carla Ward

Head Coach Carla Ward sees the game against Blackburn Rovers as the perfect opportunity to rotate the squad. 

The Conti Cup tie will be Blues’ fourth game in 11 days, so Ward is keen to use this game to get players back to full fitness. 

She said: “I think this is the perfect opportunity to get players back from injury, minutes in legs and those that haven’t had the opportunity yet.

“We will look at it as an opportunity to use it the way that we can get bodies back fit for the league.”

Despite playing in the Women’s Championship, Ward is aware of the threat that Blackburn will pose to her Women’s Super League side.

“Blackburn have a set way of playing that they have installed over the years,” said Ward. “As much as we do know, it’s a cup game against a WSL team for them so naturally they will want to go out and show what they are about.

“Gemma Donnelly has done a fantastic job there over the years. They are a tough team and we can’t underestimate them.

“We know that we will have to be focused on the task in hand to make sure that we progress.”

Blues put in a superb defensive shift on Sunday against Chelsea and Ward is pleased with both the impact of Alan Reeves since his arrival and the defensive unit.  

She explained: “Reevesy has been brilliant, I think this year we have to be difficult to play against and that’s the one thing we will have to pride ourselves on.

“Corsie comes in and by the way she has been exceptional. Georgia Brougham hasn’t had enough credit for me, she has been exceptional on the pitch, I don’t think I’ve seen her put a foot wrong.

“You have to really take your hat off to the whole defensive unit.”