Andy Spence was buoyed by his Everton Ladies second half performance despite narrowly losing to Birmingham City 1-0 in their Women’s Super League opener.
The Blue Girls’ first league game of the season ended in defeat on Sunday afternoon after a slow start saw Charlie Wellings score inside the first minute, but manager Spence applauded his team’s effort after a much-improved performance in the second half.
After the defeat Toffees boss Spence said: “Conceding the goal early on was a big blow to take, but credit to them they hung in there in the first half.
"When you concede after 42 seconds you can let the game run away from you so in that respect we didn’t.
“We were looking for a response second half and we got it. Our play in possession was much better, we were more aggressive, and we created one or two good openings.
"Overall it was disappointing because we want to win games, but there’s enough in the second half to suggest there’s a lot to work with.”
Despite the early set back the Blue Girls held firm, not conceding again in the first half before getting a foothold in the game in the second period, going close to grabbing a share of the spoils after Claudia Walker’s shot was well blocked late on.
Birmingham, however, had chances of their own - Ellen White guiding a couple of efforts off target before ex-Toffees defender Paige Williams lashed a 25-yard drive against the bar.
But Spence insists there were positives to take from a frustrating afternoon in Solihull.
"Second half was a positive for us," he added. "The players got to grips with what the opposition were doing and started to execute what we’d spoken about.
"There are a lot of positives to take from the second half and that’s contributed to by the substitutes as well. We’ve got 18 players who are all wanting to play and the nice thing is to be able to turn to my bench and make changes.”
Next up for Everton Ladies is Reading at home next Sunday at 2pm.