Reaction: “It Was A Super Second Half Response”

Everton Ladies continued their unbeaten start to the WSL2 campaign with a 3-0 win against Watford Ladies at the Select Security Stadium.

Claudia Walker tapped in from close range in the first half before Dan Turner and Simone Magill secured the win after the break.

The manager Andy Spence wasn’t satisfied with his time in the first half but was pleased with the way that they improved after the break and took his instructions on board.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I think in the first half we didn’t really play at the pace that we wanted to. We were a little bit sloppy in possession and gave the ball away too often for our standards.

“Obviously, we went in 1-0 ahead, but we felt that we had another few gears to go up and that was certainly the message at half-time.”

His team talk certainly had an effect on the team as Turner scored straight from kick-off before Magill added a third goal shortly after.

“We were so on top of the game but you have to turn that into goals so it was a super response in the second half and I’m really pleased with that.

“Certainly that 15-minute spell where we got the two goals which were two really good goals as well was pleasing.”

As well as the win, Spence was also boosted by the return of Ellie Stewart from a long injury lay-off.

“I was saying to the girls that this is the first time that we’ve had near enough a full strength squad available for us so that adds competition for places which is important.

“It’s great for Ellie after being out for so long. Her first pass wasn’t bad was it – a 60 yard diagonal! She’s got that quality for us and likewise when Lauren (Davies) and Chaney (Boye-Hlorkah) came on, they impacted the game.

In attendance at the Select Security Stadium were members of our Sister Clubs who spurned the team on to victory.

“The event on Friday to launch it was brilliant to see so many people in the grassroots game wanting to become affiliated with what we do here at Everton Ladies.

“To see them come to the match today and take part in some of the pre-match activities is always brilliant.”

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