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Reaction: Blues Women 1 Reading 1

The players were outstanding.

Carla Ward

Head coach Carla Ward was pleased as Blues collected a valuable point from a 1-1 draw with Reading.

Ruby Mace rattled in an early opener and Blues had good chances to move further ahead despite the Royals seeing plenty of the play in the first-half.

The visitors kept probing and snatched a share of the spoils through Rachel Rowe who, similarly to Mace, blasted home a loose ball from a corner midway through the second-half.

Victory would have been valuable in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League but Ward reflected with pride over the performance rather than pondering what might have been.

She said: “I felt we created the better chances and we have to score with two of them but I am delighted with my players.

“They left everything out there. With three minutes to go we asked them for a bit more and I am very happy.

“The players were outstanding and I have told them they should take a lot of heart. They felt like it was a defeat because they wanted to win but again, I am delighted with them.”

The only aspect that did irk Ward was the awarding of the corner that led to Reading’s equaliser.

She explained: “Harriet Scott has been taken out a treat, I have looked at it again and it was not a corner, it should have been a free-kick but a corner was given and they scored from it.

“I am not happy about that decision.”

However, the Boss was quick to turn her focus to Blues' next game which is the Second City derby.

And on the showdown with the neighbours, Ward added: “The pressure is on them, not us. 

“The players are relaxed, I know there is a lot of emphasis in their camp on us and this game and that’s credit to my players and what they have achieved.

“Let the pressure be on them, we will just go out to enjoy it.”

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