Ho Hails Blue Girls

Assistant Manager Martin Ho heaped praise on his players after they continued their bright start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Ladies.

A second-half strike from Claudia Walker and an own-goal from Ellie Gilliot helped earn the Blue Girls their second Spring Series win at the Home of Football Stadium.

Ho hailed his side’s impressive display in a victory which sees them still unbeaten in 2017.

“We knew that Sheffield were going to be a strong team but in the end the victory was deserved,” he reflected.

“What I asked them to do tactically, some of it happened, some of it didn’t but that’s part of the learning curve as a group and the girls deserve a lot of credit for what they’ve done.

“It’s a massive win for us to come here and get the victory. A lot of teams will come here and struggle but for us to cwin in the way that we have done is really impressive.”

Despite dominating large spells of the game and creating numerous opportunities, the Toffees found themselves level with 12 minutes remaining when Sherry McCue equalised Claudia Walker’s opener.

But the Toffees almost immediately regained the lead and Ho was impressed by his players’ reaction to being pegged back.

“I was saying to the girls to just keep your heads and the reaction from this will determine how far you go and what qualities you actually carry as a team and as a player,” he added.

“For them to bounce back straight away was pleasing and while it was an own-goal, we are due a little bit of luck and the players deserved it because the work rate was really good.”

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