Spence Hails Blue Girls Despite Chelsea Defeat

Andy Spence hailed the “fantastic effort” from his side as they were edged 1-0 by WSL 1 leaders Chelsea.

Magdalena Eriksson’s 12th-minute header was the only goal of a keenly contested game, as the Blue Girls again went toe-to-toe with a side who have reached the Champions League semi-finals.

And they could have snatched a deserved point late on when Angharad James’ shot came within the width of the crossbar of levelling matters in the 87th minute.

But while the result was again a frustrating one, Spence was proud of his players as they again showed how much potential is in this young Everton side.

“It was a fantastic effort from all the girls,” he said. “To face two of the top sides in this country – in Europe even - back-to-back [after playing Arsenal on Sunday] and produce a pair of displays like that speaks volumes for us as a Club. 

“The girls put in an incredible effort tonight but that doesn’t surprise me. It does disappoint me that again we are talking about a loss but it was by the small margins. We saw that late on when Angharad’s shot has hit the bar instead of going in. 

“Chelsea have got a team full of internationals – I have a really young group that are trying to learn the game at the highest level. So we are disappointed but I am immensely proud of the girls. It is hard to be encouraged when you are constantly talking about nearly getting results. 

“But when we let the dust settle, we will certainly look at ourselves and know we are a team with a lot of potential.”

The Toffees are next in action when they travel to Reading on Sunday. 

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