Sunday 3 December 2017

REACTION: BOSS LAMENTS LETHARGIC FIRST HALF DISPLAY

BLUES Ladies manager Marc Skinner reflects on today's Continental Tyres Cup defeat at holders Man City Women.

MARC SKINNER ON BLUES' FIRST HALF DISPLAY:

"I'm not entirely sure why it was, but we weren't at it as we needed to be in the first half. It's been an emotional week at the club and we weren't at the races really.

We work extremely hard in training every week but that didn't transfer to the pitch today in the first 45 minutes. We always believe we can win any game, but you have to be at a higher level than that to give yourselves a chance at Man City."

MARC SKINNER ON WHAT IS REQUIRED TO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS:

"We need more goals, no doubt about it. We've been hit hard by injures, there's no doubt about it, but I see what the players are capable of in training and we need that on the pitch.

More players have got to take greater responsibilities in attacking areas and we will get out rewards. We'll have to be right at it against Bristol City next Sunday, but there's fixtures coming up which I expect us to be taking a healthy points haul from."

AN INJURY UPDATE FROM THE MANAGER:

"It's difficult at the moment. We have been without some key players and we've got to hope for better luck in the new year.

"Abbey-Leigh (Stringer) has got glandular fever so we can't put a timescale on that, Ann-Katrin (Berger) goes in for her operation this week and Ellen is making progress but we are probably looking at February until she's playing again.

"Even today, we had Meg (Sargeant) playing through illness and we've lost Woody (Emily Westwood) who has come away on crutches, so she will have to be assessed. Bella (Linden) hurt her shoulder in midweek and is struggling with that."

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