Ladies reaction: Patience pays off

Fran Kirby, scorer of the opening goal in last night’s 2-0 win at Yeovil, says she was delighted to help the team secure the victory which enabled us to move above Manchester City to the top of the WSL1 table.

A second-half substitute, Kirby fired us in front just three minutes after entering the action, her 15th goal of the season, and it was a crucial breakthrough on what had been, up until that point, a frustrating evening for Emma Hayes’ side.

Jonna Andersson added a second goal soon after and with Man City, our opponents on Saturday, losing at Birmingham, it proved to be a positive night for the Blues.

‘In a game like that, where they sat in and defended really well, it was a bit frustrating but maybe they got a bit tired and we were able to bring on some fresh legs,’ Kirby explained.

‘I’m obviously happy to get a goal, and be involved in the other one as well. I’m just glad we got the three points.

‘It was always going to be tough. We travelled a long way and played against a team who are always improving. They made it difficult for us, especially in the first half. I don’t think we really created too many chances in and around the box but as they tired we were able to keep going and we managed to put away some goals.’

Despite only playing the last half-hour Kirby could have had a hat-trick, but the forward was thwarted by Yeovil goalkeeper Megan Walsh, who was outstanding, with a couple of efforts late in the game.

‘I know Megan from playing with England a few times, she’s a really good goalkeeper and a great shot stopper,’ Kirby said.

‘As a striker you want to score as many goals as you can but overall the most important thing is that we get the three points.’

The Blues are going into Saturday’s game at Man City in fine form having won five of our last six matches in all competitions, keeping six clean sheets in the process.

Kirby says the team are feeling positive ahead of what promises to be a big test.

‘Whether you’re starting or coming into the game, there is always confidence. We have quality and depth so we have to keep going, building momentum, training well, recovering well and making sure we are able to go again.

‘This league is so unpredictable. We went to Birmingham and dominated them, and then Man City go there and lose, but it all comes down to how you perform on the day.

‘We have to make sure we go up there with the same mentality that we go into every game. We want to dominate and we want to be in control of the game. It’s going to be a tough one, it always is when we play against them. They’re going to want to bounce back after losing to Birmingham.’