FOOTBALL: BLUES Ladies’ boss Marc Skinner praised his side after bouncing back from three successive defeats to beat Bristol City 2-0.
The result launched Ladies up to seventh in the Women’s Super League table having secured seven points from as many games.
Speaking after the match, Skinner said he was delighted with the way his side performed.
“We set a good tempo from the outset and really pressed Bristol well,” said Skinner.
“I’ve got to give the players a lot of credit today because they played with a lot of confidence and bravery in possession which, after the way results have gone recently, really impressed me.
“We came flying out of the blocks, not at all dissimilar to how we began at Sunderland last weekend, and I was thinking maybe it was going to be one of those days again when we didn’t get that early goal our play deserved.
“However, we kept believing and played with real confidence against a side who were a threat on the break. We showed bravery in terms of getting into the positions to score goals and ultimately we got our reward.
“The girls have been every bit as fed up as myself with the lack of goals but they kept coming and ultimately it was a thoroughly deserved victory.”
One player in particular that impressed on Sunday was Sarah Mayling.
Despite not scoring herself, Skinner was pleased to see Mayling create plenty of space up front for her attacking team mates.
He said: “She made some very intelligent runs and got herself into some really good goalscoring positions.
“Sarah is another player who has had some niggling injuries and we haven’t truly seen the best of her this season, but she can take a lot of confidence from today and really kick on now.”
And Skinner has plans to continue the climb up the league table.
He added: “I truly believe we should be higher than we are in the table and I think we will keep climbing after today.
“I want to give the fans a team to be proud of which plays the right way.
“I don’t want us to be sitting back with players behind the ball all the time.”