Birmingham City manager Carla Ward ahead of her side's Barclays FA Women's Super League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion - Image provided by FA Captureweb

West Ham United fixture a ‘huge six-pointer’ says Birmingham City boss Ward

Birmingham City head coach Carla Ward has declared her side’s next game against bottom club West Ham United a ‘huge six pointer’ after the Blues crashed to a 4-0 defeat to Everton at St George’s Park this evening.

Goals from Jill Scott, Alisha Lehmann, Claire Emslie and Simone Magill secured victory for The Blue Girls who remain in fifth place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table while Birmingham City stay in ninth, three points above the drop zone.

Ward’s side will travel to East London next Wednesday as they take on bottom club West Ham United, a game which the Blues boss knows her side will have to record a positive result in.

Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were in attendance, Ward commented “It’s huge, it’s a six-pointer and we’ve got to be better. The first half tonight we were the better team and if we play that kind of football with that kind of intensity, we stand a chance.

“We need to cut out those defensive mistakes and that’s the reality because we’re gifting teams goals, were not conceding brilliant goals as they have been gifted.”

Birmingham City started the match as the stronger side, however, the game changed when a controversial foul on Claudia Walker by Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver resulted in her only being shown a yellow card, a decision which Ward disagreed with.

“I thought we started the game well, they looked nervy and we were probably the better team in the first half an hour,” said Ward.

“I thought after 15 minutes that they should be down to 10 men, I only had to see it once to know it was a sending off.

“The fourth official even said it was foul play but the referee had other ideas and allowed her to stay on the pitch which was game changing.

“We went into half-time at 2-0 down but we knew that we had played some good stuff and we knew that we had to go at them again but we kept gifting them silly goals which were from silly errors, so now we’re in a dogfight.”

Ward later went on to comment on her side’s goalscoring form which has only seen them score one goal in their previous seven league fixtures.

“We can’t find the back of the net at the moment, and that’s a problem,” she said.

“Overall as a squad, we need to be more clinical and cut out mistakes. If we’re going to pick more points up, we need to look at those mistakes and put them right on the training pitch.

“We had an honest conversation at the end there and we need to reflect, react and get on with it.”

Birmingham City’s next Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against West Ham United at The Chigwell Construction Stadium will kick-off at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening.

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