September 30th, 2016

Allen refuses to give up on title dream

Updated: 4:59 pm, May 07, 2015

BIRMINGHAM City Ladies star Remi Allen insists the team will be giving it their all in their bid to claim the Women’s Super League 1 title as an exciting season enters its closing stages.

Speaking to Anna-Louise Adams ahead of Tuesday’s goalless draw at bottom placed Everton, midfielder Allen said it had been a season to savour and there was all to play for.

Recent losses to leaders Chelsea and FA Cup winners Arsenal dented the title challenge of David Parker’s side but, after picking up four points from successive away games at Bristol Academy and Everton, Blues sit second in the table – two points behind Chelsea with three matches remaining.

Allen said: “The recent losses have been difficult to take, especially the Arsenal game as were dominated that match for long periods and there was some refereeing controversy, but they are gone now and we must just concentrate on the future.

“We learned some things from the defeat to Chelsea and I think that will make us stronger in the long run.

“The sad thing about the Arsenal match was that I thought we performed really well on the day and definitely deserved more from the game.

“Referees are always going to make mistakes because they are human, but we took positives from the game because we knew we played well.”

There was disappointment for Allen and the rest of the City Ladies team on Tuesday as the Toffees – without a league win all season – secured a second 0-0 draw of the campaign against Birmingham, who were the dominant side but could not convert some fine chances into victory.

However, with a huge game against reigning champions and third placed Liverpool – two points behind Blues – next up at Solihull Moors on Sunday, September 21 (noon, live on BT Sport), there is no time to dwell on any negatives.

With Chelsea in action at relegation-threatened Notts County 24 hours earlier, the Liverpool game could yet see Blues playing with the chance to regain top spot but, regardless, they will be going all out for victory to boost their chances of glory, especially with second place being good enough to secure Champions League football once again for Birmingham.

Allen added: “Liverpool will be an extremely tough game because they’re the title holders and rightly so. We did take a point off them this season which was great.

“It will be a difficult task but we are relishing it and we’re really looking forward to playing them.

“It would mean everything to all of us if we won the title as we have worked extremely hard this season.

“It would be a shame to throw it all away at the last hurdle, but we will be realistic and take it one game at a time.”

After the Liverpool game, Blues Ladies – who reached the semi-finals of this season’s Champions League – visit Manchester City on October 5 before finishing the season with a home game against Notts County at Solihull on October 12.

Remi Allen celebrates her match-winning goal in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Arsenal. Picture courtesy of Roy Smiljanic. www.bcfc.com.

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