Spence Delighted To Get Off The Mark

by Tony Leighton
@Everton

Andy Spence was delighted to see Everton Ladies collect their first points of the Women’s Super League season with a dominant display away at Yeovil Town.
 
“It was a well deserved win against a Yeovil team that are always difficult to play against,” said Spence after a 17th minute Courtney Sweetman-Kirk goal and a Chloe Kelly penalty on the hour had given the Blue Girls a deserved 2-0 victory in the south west.
 
“We took control early on in the game, took the lead with an excellent goal by Courtney and should have extended it before half-time.
 
“We could have been two or three goals ahead by the break and should have got more than we did in the second half. It could have been a much bigger win.
 
“The girls know that. They are a very honest bunch – they came in at half-time and said they had to be more ruthless, but that’s something I know will come.
 
“Overall, we must have created 14 or 15 chances, but we also had to do some defending and we were resolute at the back throughout the match; we put bodies on the line when we had to and gave Yeovil very little in the way of chances.
 
“So, although I would like to have seen us get more goals, to come away with a good victory and a clean sheet is very pleasing.”
 
Though it has taken five games for his team to put any points on the board, Spence insists his belief in his players has never wavered.
 
“We couldn’t have had a more difficult start to the season in terms of the teams we’ve had to face up to now,” he noted. “I’ve been really pleased with the level of our performances against some very tough opposition.
 
“We’ve kept a really positive mindset, the performances have kept on getting stronger and I’ve said all along that the results would follow.
 
“That’s happened in the Continental Cup, with two wins out of our three games to date, and I’m pleased with where we’re at at at this stage of the season.”
 
Next up for the Blue Girls is a quick return to the Continental Cup, in which they are set to entertain Oxford United on Thursday evening.
 
Victory in the group game would put them on the brink of the quarter-finals and Spence said: “We can put ourselves in a really strong place with a win against Oxford and it would be great to get into the last eight.
 
“It will be a hard game against a decent side, but victory would give us nine points out of 12 and that would hopefully be enough to take us through.”

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