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Reaction: Blues Women 0 Everton 4

The buck starts and stops with me so it’s my job to rectify that.

Carla Ward

Head Coach Carla Ward believes her side need to reflect and react after last night’s defeat to Everton in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Goals from Jill Scott, Alisha Lehmann, Claire Emslie and Simone Magill secured the victory for the Merseyside club.

Blues started brightly, but after Everton keeper Sandy MacIver only saw yellow for a heavy challenge on the edge of the area, the visitors grew into the game.

“I thought we started well, and they started nervy,” said Ward. “After 15 minutes they should’ve been down to ten and that’s disappointing. It changed the game.

“At half-time we knew we had played some good stuff and needed to go again with the same attitude, but we gifted them two goals with basic errors.”

After going in at the break two behind, Ward changed Blues’ approach to try and edge a way back into the game.

She continued: “We had a different plan in the second-half, but tonight wasn’t a 4-0 game. We need to be more clinical in front of goal when we get the opportunities.

“We played some really good stuff at times, but ultimately mistakes are costing us. The buck starts and stops with me so it’s my job to rectify that.

“We need to reflect and react. We will roll our sleeves up with two important games coming our way.”

Ward made three changes to the side that lost to Arsenal on Sunday, with one of those being a starting place for Claudia Walker who impressed in the second-half against the Gunners.

“Claudia came on against Arsenal and played really well,” explained Ward when asked about the striker. “We felt she deserved to start and the way she holds the ball up is what we needed.”

Next up for Blues is a match against bottom side West Ham United and Ward recognised the importance of the fixture after last night’s result.

She said: “It’s a six-pointer. We’ve got to be better and play the football that we played in the first 35 minutes and take it to West Ham.”

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