Reaction: Blues Women 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

We were always in the game.

Scott Booth

Head Coach Scott Booth believes that the improvements of his side are there for all to see despite a defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup.

Blues were unable to clear their lines and midfielder Megan Connolly reacted quickest to score the only goal of the game at St. Andrew's on Wednesday night.

The nature of the goal disappointed the Boss, but he was keen to draw on the positive aspects of the performance.

Speaking to the media, Booth said: “Overall, the players have shown improvements in a lot of areas, so we understand and know that we conceded a really poor goal from our perspective.

“It was an accumulation of areas that was quite like the first game against Brighton. The difference now is that we felt we were always in the game. We defended well again and our shape was good. We had more possession and I felt we controlled the game a bit more in the second-half.”

Having lost to the visitors 0-5 earlier in the season, Booth drew comparisons from that performance to highlight how far the team had come.

He explained: “It’s about layers of things that we need to improve on. You’re never going to go from the position that we were in at the start and then suddenly everything clicks, it doesn’t work like that.

“Things that were worked on in training this week and in the last couple of weeks were put into practice and worked well. Now, we are tackling with a bit more impact, we are competing for everything, and we had a lot more possession in the second-half. The one missing link at the moment is that final pass and taking care of the ball in that third.“

After the upcoming international break, Blues face an important run of fixtures starting with a Barclays FA Women's Super League game against Reading in B9, and Booth believes this break comes at a good time for his team.

He added: “We’ve come through some tough games and I think the players do need a bit of a rest again. It’s good that we have the opportunity to work on things as a group. But we have a really important section of games coming up, so we need to be completely ready for them.

“It looks like we will have Christie Murray back after the international break, we need those important players back to add quality.”