Sheffield United Women's Manager Carla Ward Leicester City Women v Sheffield United Women, Women's Championship football match, Quorn Football Club, Loughborough, UK - 31 Mar 2019 Photo: Jon Buckle for The FA

Sheffield United boss Ward hails ‘exceptional’ second half performance

Sheffield United manager Carla Ward has hailed her side’s second half performance in this afternoon’s 5-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at The Proact Stadium as ‘exceptional’.

The Blades netted three of their five goals in the second 45 minutes of the match while there could have been even more goals if not for some outstanding goalkeeping from Fran Stenson in the visitors’ goal.

The result sees Sheffield United return to second place in the FA Women’s Championship table and after the match, manager Ward hailed her side’s second half performance as ‘exceptional’ when speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time.

“At half-time, we were unhappy with our performance but in the second half, I thought we were excellent” said Ward.

“I think that in the first half, we weren’t good enough and I said that at half-time.

“I made it very clear that things had to change, we needed to sharpen up, we needed to play between the units and break lines a little bit better than we were.

“We started to do that and second half, I thought we were exceptional, it was the best half that we have played in a long time.”

Sheffield United remain six points adrift of long-time leaders Aston Villa in the FA Women’s Championship table but their manager has not given up hope just yet.

Ward added “They (Aston Villa) have to play Leicester, they have to play London Bees and they have to play Durham.

“There are no easy games in the Championship, anything can happen.

“That’s why we need to make sure that we do our bit.”

Sheffield United are back in action again next Sunday when struggling Crystal Palace are the visitors to The Proact Stadium.

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