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Reaction: Brighton & Hove Albion Women 3 Blues Women 0

Reaction: Brighton & Hove Albion Women 3 Blues Women 0

Blues manager Marta Tejedor is optimistic over the prognosis of the key players that missed the 3-0 FA Barclays Women’s Super League defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Tejedor conceded that Blues had sorely missed Lucy Staniforth, Rachel Williams and Sarah Mayling with the trio joining captain Kerys Harrop on the sidelines.

“Sarah has a small ligament problem, it is not so serious,” said Tejedor.

“She was in line to play in this match, we thought she might play some minutes so hopefully she will recover for next week.

“Lucy and Rachel have muscle issues and we are expecting them to be okay for upcoming matches.

“Kerys should not take too long, it has been longer than we thought and we are not sure why she hasn’t recovered as expected.

“She had an injection a couple of days ago and we are hopeful that helps.”

Blues made a bright enough start at the Amex on what was Women’s Football Weekend but the tide turned when Kayleigh Green fired in a 15th-minute penalty - the award of which looked harsh.

Lea Le Garrec’s rocket made it two on the stroke of half-time with Green’s point-blank header rounding off the scoring with 19 minutes to go.

“We did not play the way we should or in the way we prepared for the match and in the end I think they were better than us,” added Tejedor.

“I would need to watch the penalty again but whether it was fair or not I think it changed the match.

“At that time we were playing much better and I think it would probably have been different (without the penalty).

“We came here with a lot of injuries and could not bring some of our most important players so we will focus on their recoveries and hopefully things will look different.

“There were two or three key players in different lines that could not play and it meant we were not as strong as we could have been.”

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