Magill Targets Blues Response

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Forward Simone Magill believes Everton Ladies must move on quickly after suffering a second straight league defeat against Yeovil Town last weekend.

Despite dominating the Somerset outfit for large spells at the Select Security Stadium, Andy Spence’s side succumbed to Helen Bleazard’s freak second-half strike direct from a corner.

The 1-0 loss left Everton sixth in the FA WSL 2 but Northern Ireland international Magill was confident of a return to winning ways against Oxford United on Sunday.

Magill said: “We’re disappointed with the last few results but we can’t be disappointed for too long.

“It’s very important that we move on, we can’t dwell on the losses and let it affect our performances.

“We’ve got to get some confidence instilled in the camp again because we have to focus now on the game at Oxford and getting three points.”

Last Saturday’s defeat came in bizarre circumstances when Bleazard’s corner curled straight in just four minutes after the half-time break.

And, despite late pressure from Spence’s side, they couldn’t get the equaliser their play and possession warranted.

“We should have put the game to bed in the first half and then, in the second half, we were unfortunate with the goal from Yeovil.” Magill reflected. “We were chasing the game from then on.

“It’s at the point in the season now that every game counts and obviously we’re very disappointed that we didn’t come away with the three points we think we deserved.”

Everton were well supported throughout the game by a boisterous crowd and the Blues striker was keen to stress the significance of the loyal support.

She said: “It’s important that we’ve got the fans behind us. They give us the added motivation we need and it’s a credit to them that they kept singing and supporting us right the way to the end even though we were getting beat.”

While frustrated with the final score, Magill was delighted to welcome back Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, who made her first appearance of the season after recovering from two successive anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

“It was brilliant to see Chantelle back,” added a thrilled Magill. “She’s been out for I don’t know how long! For her to finally be back out on the pitch is amazing to see and it’s a huge credit to her for all the work she’s put in along the way.”

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