Friday 12 January 2018

CAPTAIN HARROP CALLS FOR COMPOSURE

Blues Ladies captain Kerys Harrop says decision-making is the key.

Blues take on Bristol City Women at Solihull Moors on Sunday (2pm) desperate to change their fortunes around in the WSL 1.

Captain Kerys Harrop says the side has enough quality to be doing better than they are.

And the defender believes showing composure in critical moments will help them hit the winning trail again.

Blues were downed 3-0 at Sunderland Ladies in their previous match, despite dominating for the first-half and large spells thereafter.

“All season we seem to have made a few mistakes defensively that have cost us and we’ve not been clinical as well,” she said. “I think we’ll all say that, the fans and the staff.

“On paper, against Sunderland, we should be beating that team. We know we have good players. That’s not being arrogant or cocky, we have to go into games believing in ourselves and thinking like that.

“But, unfortunately, the results haven’t been going our way and maybe when that happens the team can lack a bit of confidence.

“I think we have been a little rash sometimes when we have created chances, we have maybe hurried things or taken the wrong option, shots that aren’t really on.

“That’s important, our decision-making on the ball. It has not always been perfect.

“Our style of play, we can switch it up. It’s not one style. But it is about identifying when it is best to do that, when to go long and when to keep possession.

“It’s the decision-making as a team we have to improve and I am sure that when we get that goal, when we go into a lead, it will boost our confidence and other will follow.”

Blues are second from bottom in the table and a victory on Sunday would take them past seventh-place Bristol.

“They will be very organised, they will try and keep possession and attack centrally,” says Harrop.

“They will get people behind the ball.

“We have to remain patient and stick to our game plan, make the right decisions.”

Blues will also look to make home advantage pay.

“That’s the thing,” says Harrop. “A lot of our fixtures so far have been away. We’ve got eight out of 12 at home and we must utilise that and make the most of it.”

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