David Parker wants Blues Ladies to 'kick on' - The Solihull Observer

David Parker wants Blues Ladies to 'kick on'

Solihull Editorial 22nd Apr, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

DAVID Parker believes Sunday’s hard-earned point at home to Notts County can kick-start Birmingham City Ladies’ Super League campaign.

Blues picked up their second point of the season on Sunday after being held to a 0-0 stalemate by Notts County Ladies at the Autotech Stadium.

Manager Parker was once again without several first team players including the likes of Karen Carney, Kirsty Linnett and Jade Moore.

But he was proud of the players that came into the side and showed improvement from last week’s 3-1 defeat away at Manchester City in the FA Cup.

“We needed a response after last week and we got one.” said Parker.

“It was more like the Birmingham City Ladies of old. Even with players missing on Sunday we stepped up to the plate and I think we should have won that game in the end.

“Sunday was all about stopping the rot. We’ve lost two on the bounce, one in the league and one in the cup, so we knew that we couldn’t lose three on the bounce – not in this league.

“The point gives us a platform to build off now. If you look at the girls that are not kitted up and are sitting on the side, that bodes well for what we’ve got.

“We’ve just to hang in there. Liverpool won the league last year and took six points from the first five games in the league.

“We can do something similar but we have to wait for our girls to be back fit. The girls that we’ve got at the moment will do a great job – there’s no doubt about that.

“But we just need to put down a foothold and really get our season going.”

It could have been a different story for the Blues had Remi Allen converted from the spot with ten minutes remaining.

But Parker was not too concerned about the missed penalty and instead remained focussed on the positives.

“Even though there were limited chances on goal for both sides I felt we looked a little but more dangerous every time we went forward.

“It was a case of two teams who had picked up one point from their opening two games that didn’t want to let anything slip early on.

“That was probably a key message to both teams in the first half. They didn’t want to have an uphill maintain to climb before they’d even started.

“When we got going I was really pleased with how the girls went about it.”

Of those that came into the squad it was Coral Jade-Haines who impressed with a battling performance which impressed Parker.

“Coral had been in the system a long time. She made her Super League debut a few seasons ago so she’s stepping up bit by bit.

“You’ve got to give the youngsters time to drip them in and drip them out before they’re ready to blossom and hopefully Coral can come of age this year.”

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