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Birmingham City secure survival despite home loss to Spurs

Birmingham City have secured their Barclays FA Women’s Super League status despite falling to a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the SportNation.bet Stadium this afternoon.

The Blues came into the game with their Barclays FA Women’s Super League status hanging in the balance while opponents Spurs were looking to seal an eighth-placed finish.

Birmingham City boss Carla Ward made two changes to her side, bringing in Sarah Mayling and Mollie Green but was only able to field one substitute due to injuries. Spurs also had a number of injuries to key players but were able to field a full side and bench. Head coach Rehanne Skinner made four changes bringing in Ashleigh Neville, Kerys Harrop, Kit Graham and Jessica Naz.

The game started slowly with neither side really taking a grip on the proceedings. As the first half wore on, Spurs began to play some better football but neither goalkeeper was seriously tested as the opening 45 minutes remained goalless.

In the second half, Spurs took control of the game but still held little threat in-front of goal. Skinner’s side had several free-kicks in dangerous positions but without Alanna Kennedy and Siri Worm on the pitch, they were unable to capitalise on them. After 70 minutes, Spurs finally broke the deadlock as Shelina Zadorsky, inside the Birmingham City half, played a ball into Graham who turned and fired into the bottom corner beating Hannah Hampton.

Both sides pushed hard in the final minutes to add to the scoreline but neither were able to find a goal as the game finished 1-0 in Spurs’ favour.

Speaking after the game, Birmingham City boss Ward said that she couldn’t be prouder of the team for completing ‘Project Survival’ despite four points having been deducted and playing one fewer game than the other teams after they weren’t able to field a side in the reverse fixture. It was the Blues’ last league game at the SportNation.bet Stadium as they prepare to move to the St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium next season.

The win secured Spurs eighth place in the league, one place lower than last season. Like Birmingham City, there are likely to be changes this summer as head coach Skinner looks to develop the squad into her own. Zadorsky and Rosella Ayane have already agreed new contracts this week while Ashleigh Neville and Josie Green are tied in for another season.

Both teams now turn their attentions to home ties in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup fifth round next weekend. Birmingham City host Southampton while Spurs take on Sheffield United at The Hive.

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