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We Need GOALS – Blues Ladies Preview

Blues Ladies play their first home game following the Women’s World Cup with a match this evening against Arsenal Ladies. Blues Ladies are 7th in the 8 team WSL 1, 6 points behind Liverpool Ladies and desperately need a win to kick start their season.

Arsenal Ladies

Arsenal lost their first game after the break for the Women’s World Cup at home to Liverpool 3-1 and will be looking to bounce back in this game to push them back towards the top of the table.

Young defender Yvan Sampson won’t quite be ready to return to Arsenal Ladies’ line up having had an operation on her knee in March but is almost returned to fitness.

Blues Ladies

Blues are expected not to make any changes to the side that lost 1-0 away to Manchester City last weekend. As a team – they desperately need goals with defender Aoife Mannion conceding that the loss of Chelsea Weston to injury and Karen Carney’s injury-blighted season has hit the Blues Ladies team hard.

Blues really need players like Karen Carney to bring their fine form from the Women’s World Cup to the Blues team – and for a bit of luck to go their way. In the first half of the season they played well enough in some games but for some reason the ball just wouldn’t go in the onion bag – that has to change or Blues Ladies will be in danger of being relegated.

The game kicks off at 6pm at the Autotech Stadium, Solihull – and for those who can’t make it is live on BT Sports from 5:30pm.

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14 Responses to “We Need GOALS – Blues Ladies Preview”

  • dave says:

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    • almajir says:

      Dave – quick comment to help you out. If you’re going to comment on “Blues being crap”, please can you keep it to posts about Birmingham City rather than a preview of the ladies game.

      Edit – Dave, that means not doing it again after being not to do it in the first place because a) I will delete them without saying and b) your comments now require moderation before posting.

      Thanks

  • Dave Mann says:

    I went and saw the Birmingham Bears Friday night then the Blues boys at kiddy yesterday and was planning to watch the ladies today if it had been a 2pm kick off but being live on Bt sport and at 6 pm I decided to watch it on telly but we need Carney, Moore & Potter back in the team regular if we’re to move out of danger ..1-0 will do for me! Kro

  • nuneatim says:

    Is is just the bottom side in the WSL that goes down? We desperately need to hang on to our top flight status.

    • atko says:

      Yes, it is only one team that is relegated but we are hovering too close to that at the moment, especially as we can’t score goals. We need Karen Carney playing regularly as well as the other WC stars. IMO Jade Moore was my England player of the tournament in the WC, she had an outstanding tournament but quietly went about her business with no fuss whilst other players took the praise. Karen was not only our top scorer last season but the league’s top scorer & our current lack of goals demonstrates how badly we have been missing her.

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    Watching on BtSport now and we look toothless up front. Do we have strikers to come back from injury? If not we are in trouble.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Freda Ayisi is becoming a liability. This is the second time she has been sent off. The first time for punching the Man City goalkeeper and today for an over the top tackle.
    Somebody needs to have a serious word with her.

  • Sellyoakblues says:

    Went down for the first time today. Good quality football and an enjoyable day out. Wholly recommend it

  • oldburyblue says:

    I am a season ticket holder for the ladies as well as the men and have now seen Freda sent off twice. She came with a reputation and is certainly living up to it. Today’s dismissal was stupid coming very soon after her first booking and could have been a straight red in truth. I am worried that all is not well behind the scenes this season. The Team Spirit shown by the England Lionesses has got to be replicated at Club level.

  • Superbeau says:

    Since the introduction of the WSL, Birmingham City Ladies have finished 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 3rd (one goal from winning the league) and have been in the Champions League Semi-Final. Yes, this season has been difficult to score goals but we suffer in the Ladies team as we do in the men’s team – other WSL clubs are able to spend loads (note Fran Kirby moving to Chelsea to sit on the bench). Dan is there anyway you can impress to our Far Eastern colleagues that a wee bit of funding would be so helpful? cheers, Beau.

    • almajir says:

      Beau

      Think of the funding situation for the men’s team. That’s a priority and has been troublesome – unfortunately the Ladies’ side has not been a priority. Funding isn’t so much an issue as stability is – the Ladies team need to be able to offer more than one year deals. Hopefully that will be rectified soon.

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    It would be a shame to let us continue to fall behind but I expect the CFC, LFC, AFC, MCFC budgets would be ridiculously high as they compete against each other as in the men’s game

  • atko says:

    I thought we played extremely well given we played a whole half with 10 players. Those that featured in the second half were extremely unlucky to lose & we created as many chances as Arsenal despite their player advantage & opportunities to catch us on the break. The team can be proud of their performance & whilst others refer to the money that Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool & Man City have available to them we narrowly lost by one goal to Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal & Chelsea. We can more than compete with these teams.

    I do agree though that Ayisi is a liability. For me she is not the sort of player who can play as a loan striker. Her ball control wasn’t good & she didn’t really do anything before the two incidents. If things aren’t going her way she needs to control her frustration because both tackles were reckless.

    Blues Ladies are in action again tomorrow night (Wednesday) in the Continental Tyres Cup away at Notts County & anyone interested can hear full commentary on Radio 5 Live Extra.


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