Roberts: Everton Have Learnt From Villa Mistakes

Everton Women interim boss Chris Roberts is adamant his side have learnt from their mistakes from their last league outing against Aston Villa as they prepare to face the opponents once more on Wednesday night (7pm GMT).

The Blues got back to winning ways with a dominant performance against Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup on Sunday, with Kenza Dali and Anna Anvegård netting goals for the visitors.

It’s a quick turnaround for Roberts’ side and the Scot is confident they can carry momentum into the midweek Barclays FA Women’s Super League clash.

Everton faced Villa on 13 February, falling to a 2-0 defeat at Walton Hall Park, but Roberts is hopeful his side will pose a different test when they go to Walsall's Banks's Stadium on Wednesday, knowing victory will see them close to gap to Villa to one point with a game in hand.

“While we have some fresh experience playing Villa, they could completely change their game plan this week,” he told the media in his pre-match press conference on Monday.

“We had some horrendous weather conditions last time we faced them, so I’m anticipating Wednesday’s game will be very different.

“In that match at Walton Hall Park, we needed to handle the elements of the game better.

“I don’t think it was necessarily a bad performance, we had chances in the game, but the two goals we conceded were avoidable.

“There’s a lot of things we have learnt from that game that we’ll take into Wednesday night.

“We know it’s going to be tough but we’re going to do everything we can to get those three points.”

There were plenty of smiles at the full-time whistle on Sunday as Everton secured their spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The Scot hopes that positivity within the Everton camp can continue from now until the end of the season, and felt there is still plenty of work to be done before then.

“Anytime that you come back into Finch Farm after a win, the atmosphere is good,” Roberts added.

“It helps our analysis when you watch back a victory and find elements to build upon.

“Nevertheless, we are professional in our work and analyse the good and the bad regardless of the result.

“This is a league where every single team is capable of winning games.

“Whether you’ve won games or not many at this point, there’s still plenty of matches to be played.

“We just need to focus on how we play and how this group operates on a daily basis so that we can finish this season on the strongest foot possible.

“That’s the message to the players every day. We work to improve.

“We want to improve to get victories, to get up the league table.

“It’s a very competitive league so we’re aware that a lot of hard work remains until the season ends.

“We’ve got a really important game on Wednesday night and we’re looking to grow in our performance for that fixture against Aston Villa.”