Reaction: Blues Girls boss pleased with side’s performance

Manager Andy Spence was pleased with his side after they progressed to the fifth round of the SSE FA Women’s Cup after winning 5-0 against Nottingham Forest.

Goals from Kelly Jones, Claudia Walker, Emily Hollinshead and a double by Michelle Hinnigan secured the win for the Blue Girls.

Despite the thumping score line, Spence also saw an opportunity for improvement as they prepare for the start of the WSL 2 season in March.

“I’m disappointed with the first half performance, if the truth be known. Nottingham Forest came with a clear plan – to get numbers behind the ball but I don’t think we recognised it.

“You have to play quick to break teams down like that and I think that the fact that we played into their hands by playing slowly meant that it was a frustrating half.”

“But in the second half, credit to the girls because we wanted a response and the things that we were looking for that would make us look like a good team, and we saw that. There were better movements, more dynamic play and some better combinations.”

Spence was also pleased with the performance of his new signings – Georgia Brougham, Alex Brooks and Jenna Dear as well as the return of Megan Finnigan, who returned from injury.

“From Alex’s perspective, it was mainly playing out from the back which she did well. Georgia impressed us all with her quality and we saw that today when she was on the ball. We also know when she gets tested as an out and out defender, she will bring those qualities.

“I also need to make a special mention to Megan Finnegan as well because she’s had a long time out with injury so to see her back on the pitch was brilliant. You only have to see a snapshot of her for 10 or 15 minutes to see the qualities that she brings to the team.

“Jenna (Dear) had a really specific task when she came on and she fulfilled that. She’s got tremendous technical qualities and we wanted her to go on and get lots of touches of the ball.”

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