Sunday 17 July 2016

Birmingham fully deserved Wellings' winner claims Parker

Another clean sheet for the Blues means they've conceded just five goals in ten games.

FA WSL 1 match
14:00, Sunday 17 July 2016
Solihull Moors FC

Birmingham City fully deserved the three points earned by Charlie Wellings’ late goal against Sunderland, claimed manager David Parker.

Wellings pounced in the 88th minute to give her side a fourth win of the FA WSL 1 season as they maintained their fabulous record in defence.

City have conceded just five goals in ten league games and manager Parker said Wellings got the goal her hard work deserved.

“I’m not really relieved it’s more a feeling of satisfaction and justification because we fully deserved the result and now we can put Arsenal and Chelsea under high pressure,” he said.

“I said to the girls before the game that if we have aspirations to get into the Champions League, no disrespect to Sunderland, but we need to be winning these games.

“We were able to get to the ball into the final third all throughout the game today and for some reason we struggled to make that final ball count and it looked like it we wouldn’t be able to make the breakthrough.

“But full credit to the girls, they absolutely deserved it. And I’m absolutely delighted for Charlie because her persistence today has paid dividends.

“She has been at the club for such a long time since she was a young girl and you can see from her celebration just how much it means to her.”

The loss leaves Sunderland in seventh place with just a solitary win from their ten matches, and manager Carlton Fairweather was left ruing a point lost.

“Massively frustrating in the manner of the defeat, especially how cheaply we’ve given the goal away in the last few minutes because the girls, by and large, defended heroically,” said the former Wimbledon winger.

“Birmingham are a good side and although they had a lot of the ball they didn’t really cause us any major issues throughout, it’s something that we’ll hopefully learn from.

“Games are coming thick and fast now and we need to make sure we can defend well and see the job through to the final minutes.

“We didn’t really get to pass the ball as well as we could have done and as a result we didn’t really get to relieve any pressure and Beth Mead up front was isolated.

“On balance it was really one piece of individual play that has caused us to come unstuck today, with Mel Lawley’s cross.”

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Birmingham 1

Wellings 88

Sunderland 0

Birmingham City (4-4-2): Ann-Katrin Berger, Alex Windell, Jess Carter, Kerys Harrop, Fredya Ayisi, Andrine Hegerberg, Abbeyleigh Stringer, Mel Lawley, Charlie Wellings, Chloe Peplow, Aoife Mannion

Substitutes: Isabelle Linden for Chloe Peplow 45, Marisa Ewers for Fredya Ayisi 90

Substitutes not used: Connie Schofield, Sian Johnson, Sophie Baggaley, Kirsty Linnett

Bookings:

Red Cards:

Sunderland (4-5-1): Rachael Laws, Abby Holmes, Danielle Brown, Stephanie Bannon, Victoria Williams, Hayley Sharp, Brooke Chaplen, Rachel Furness, Lucy Staniforth, Madelaine Hill, Beth Mead

Substitutes: Megan Beer for Abby Holmes 82, Charlotte Potts for Rachel Furness 72, Kelly McDougal, Keira Ramshaw for Lucy Staniforth 77

Substitutes not used: Hilde Gunn Olsen, Stephanie Roche, Emma Kelly

Bookings:

Red Cards:

Referee: Neil Pratt

Attendance: 1014

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