Walker keen to keep the goals coming

Claudia Walker feels ready to unleash her predatory instincts after gaining a new lease of life under Blues boss Carla Ward.

The striker scored her first goal for the Club during Blues Women's match with Manchester United, earlier this month.

It came through sheer persistence as Walker hustled possession from Millie Turner before coolly guiding the ball low to the right of keeper Mary Earps.

And having got the breakthrough, the former Everton frontrunner reckons she can reap plenty of rewards from new manager Ward’s desire to play on the front foot.

“It is good to finally get a goal in the league for Blues and it is about kicking on now,” said Walker.

“I have waited too long, I expected to get a goal sooner but I am really pleased to get off the mark and hope to get plenty more for the team.

“I have always been an aggressive player but the manager wants us to be like that now so it plays to my strengths, I have been using it more and the coaches have told me to use it to my advantage.

“The manager has touched on that and I think we will be more aggressive as a team this season, it showed in parts of the game on Sunday.

“Our main focus at the moment is to push on in each game and put on better performances."

“We have a lot of new faces so we are building, it is going to take time but all we can do is take each game as it comes and do everything we can to get better and better in every match, as a team and as individuals.”

Walker and her colleagues were left pondering what might have been as missed chances allowed United to run out 5-2 winners at the Stadium but with a clear weekend coming up, she expects Blues to be an even tougher prospect for Brighton & Hove Albion in the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday.

“We are pushing to keep improving and I think we will,” she added.

“We were better in spells against Man United than we were at Brighton (in WSL) and now it is a case of taking that into the international break, working hard and getting ready to go back to Brighton in the FA Cup.

“Everyone wants to win trophies and that motivation is there, if we can improve again on our performance – we have a break now which is quite good because we can work on things – then it is all to play for.”