Monday 13 March 2017

Ho: I Can't Fault The Players

Assistant Manager Martin Ho hails his side after Spring Series victory at Sheffield Ladies.

Assistant Manager Martin Ho heaped praise on his players after they continued their bright start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Ladies.

A second-half strike from Claudia Walker and an own-goal from Ellie Gilliot helped earn the Blue girls their second Spring Series win at the Home of Football Stadium.

And Ho, speaking after the full-time whistle, hailed his side’s impressive display in a victory which sees them still unbeaten in 2017.

“We knew that when we came here that Sheffield was going to be a strong team but in the end the victory was deserved.” reflected Ho.

“What I asked them to do in terms of tactically, some of it happened, some of it didn’t but that’s part of the learning curve as a group and the girls deserve a lot of credit for what they’ve done out there today.

“It’s a massive win for us to come here and get the victory, a lot of teams will come here and struggle but for us to come here and win in the way that we have done is really impressive.”

Despite dominating large spells of the game and creating numerous opportunities, the Blues found themselves level with 12 minutes remaining when Sherry McCue equalised for the hosts.

But the Toffees almost immediately regained the lead and Ho hailed his players for their reaction following the equaliser.

Ho added: “The equaliser goes in and I was saying to the girls to just keep your heads and the reaction from this will determine how far you go and what qualities you actually carry as a team and as a player.

“For them to bounce back straight away was pleasing and it was an own-goal but we are due a little bit of luck and the players deserve that little bit of luck because the work rate on that pitch this afternoon was really good.”

The Blue girls must now prepare for their toughest test of the season so far as they take on Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the fifth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup but Ho believes his players can go into the game full of confidence.

“It’s a big game for the club and a big game for the players,” Ho said. “Everyone wants to play in a Merseyside Derby but the preparation today will stand them in good stead for the Liverpool game.

“If we can show the same attitude and work rate, I can’t fault them. If we come out victorious, we come out victorious but that group of players we’ve got will take a lot of the credit because they are the ones that can make the difference on the day.

“The players that go out and play in the Liverpool game next Sunday will be the ones, if they compete like they have done today, who will make a big difference on the field and hopefully help see us go through to the next round.”

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