September 28th, 2016

Karen Carney overcomes penalty woes to boost Birmingham City Ladies’ relegation hopes

Karen Carney overcomes penalty woes to boost Birmingham City Ladies’ relegation hopes Karen Carney overcomes penalty woes to boost Birmingham City Ladies’ relegation hopes

KAREN Carney went some way to making up for her missed penalty on the final day of least season by scoring twice from the sport at Birmingham City Ladies gave their survival hopes a massive boosts thanks to a 3-0 victory away at fellow strugglers Bristol Academy.

Two penalties by England ace Karen Carney and a Mel Lawley goal earned Dave Parker’s side their second win of the season which moves the Blues five points clear of bottom-placed Bristol with just two league games remaining.

Carney missed a penalty on the final day of the 2014 season which saw the Blues ultimately miss out on the league title and a place in Europe.

But she made no mistake this time around as David Parker’s side recorded what could prove to be their most important win of the season.

“That penalty from last season will always scar me,” said Carney. “But I want to do better and be better. It won’t define me.

“I still think about it every day and every night when I go to sleep. I won’t ever forget that.

“I did pick the ball up and did think it. I know how good Mary (Earps) is in goal, but I focused and believed in my own ability, believed in my confidence and thankfully they went in.”

“Somewhere along the line it has gone wrong and we have to hold our hands up as individuals, as a team and staff and come together and be better next season.

“You have to give credit to the league, not just look at our faults. Every team has gone on and gone up another level and that is how competitive the WSL is.”

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