Birmingham City brought a very new face to the FA Women’s Super League in January 2019 as the club appointed Spaniard Marta Tejedor as successor to departing boss Marc Skinner.
The 51-year-old former Chile and Peru coach arrived in England with an impressive CV with Tejedor’s playing style being one specific attribute that appealed to Birmingham City as the club looked to build on the impressive work carried out during former boss Skinner’s tenure.
FA Women’s Super League Full-Time look back at Tejedor’s first game in charge as she took her side to Kingsmeadow to face Chelsea, a performance which was arguably the best of her short stay in England.
The hosts went into the match three points ahead of Tejedor’s side and it was Chelsea who were to break the deadlock when Erin Cuthbert got on the end of a Karen Carney cross to score.
Birmingham City were to level matters later in the first half. Lucy Quinn put in a quality delivery and Emma Follis was there to fire the ball home from six yards.
The visitors had shown their usual stubborn defensive qualities during the first half, restricting Chelsea’s goalscoring opportunities while many of the chances which did come the South West Londoners’ way had failed to trouble youngster Hannah Hampton in the Birmingham City goal. The second period saw Birmingham City start with something of an attacking edge with Hayley Ladd testing home keeper Carly Telford from range before Follis fired wide.
The game’s first major turning point came just after the hour mark as Birmingham City took a shock 2-1 lead. Quinn took aim from distance and unleashed a rocket of a shot which flew into the Chelsea net.
Chelsea pushed for an equaliser and Ji So-Yun struck an effort wide from close range before The Blues were level through Cuthbert’s delicious free-kick.
The match was set up for a tense finale in which you would expect Chelsea to pile on the pressure but it was the visitors who were the stronger side as they went on to stun the majority of the Kingsmeadow crowd. After Follis had saw an effort saved by Telford moments earlier, Ellen White popped up with a clinical finish in the third minute of injury time to seal a 3-2 victory for Birmingham City and hand a debut three points to new boss Tejedor.
The victory saw Birmingham City stay in fourth position in the FA Women’s Super League table but they moved level on points with Chelsea.