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Reaction: Manchester United 2 Blues 0

Out of possession we are excellent.

Carla Ward

Head Coach Carla Ward was pleased with her sides defensive performance in defeat against Manchester United.

Goals from Leah Galton and Ella Toone gave the hosts all three points on Sunday afternoon.

Despite the resuilt, Ward was pleased with the resilience her side showed throughout the game but admitted the team were disappointed.

She said: “I’ve got full admiration for the team today. The players are disappointed in the changing room, but I’m delighted with how we defended.

“We know that we are not blessed with big numbers so we know we have to be defensively organised and that’s something we build our game on. Out of possession we are excellent, it’s in possession that needs some work.”

The hosts could have scored more but for Hannah Hampton who made a number of top saves to deny Galton.

Ward said: “She’s been exceptional for a 20-year-old goalkeeper. At times, our defence kept her well protected but there was that one with Leah Galton where she’s done brilliantly.”

The occasion saw Harriet Scott make her 50th appearance for the Club today and Ward praised the impact of the Blues Captain.

She added: “Harriet is huge on and off the pitch. She’s a real leader and looks after the youngsters. Overall, I think we are delighted [to have her] and she’s got a lot more in her."

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