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Birmingham City Ladies skipper Emily Westwood issues apology after heavy Chelsea defeat

Solihull Editorial 1st Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SKIPPER Emily Westwood has lamented Sunday’s first half performance as Birmingham City Ladies were thrashed 4-0 at home by Women’s Super League title contenders Chelsea.

David Parker’s side conceded all four goals in a sloppy half-an-hour as Karen Carney scored one and set up another on her return to her former club at Solihull Moors.

Birmingham did improve in the second half but they could find no way past Rebecca Spencer, who celebrated a clean sheet against her former club after also moving to the capital alongside Carney during the winter break.

It was a first defeat in 12 matches for Blues who remain fourth in the table, one point ahead of Liverpool who have one game in hand.

“Those first 30 minutes were the worst we’ve played all season and I’d like to apologise to our fans,” said Westwood.

“We gave the ball away inside our own half for every one of their four goals.

“We were really poor, but credit to Chelsea they were really on it.

“In the first half they were turning us, getting in behind us, exposing our weaknesses, and we were never in it.”