Sunday 17 July 2016

Ferrandi: Everton win gave Watford belief to beat Oxford

Watford come from two down to complete comeback win over Oxford United

FA WSL 2 match
14:00, Sunday 17 July 2016
Berkhamsted FC

Watford Ladies FC Goal Scorers: Davy 45',56', Ferrandi 48'

Oxford United Women Goal Scorers: Franklin-Fraiture , Umotong

Watford’s win over Everton gave them the belief to come back and beat Oxford United, according to goalscorer Giulia Ferrandi.

The visitors were two up after 20 minutes after strikes from Ella Franklin-Fraiture and Ini-Abasi Umotong, but Watford reduced the deficit just before the break through Anne-Laure Day.

And they secured the three points ten minutes into the second half as Ferrandi equalised before Day’s second gave them the lead.

Ferrandi’s strike was her first of the season and she said the side’s recent win over Everton has given them the confidence to pull through in tight situations.

“We worked hard and stayed together today so I’m so proud of this team because we are growing up step by step, day by day and this is what we have to keep doing,” she said.

“The Everton match gave us confidence and in the big 5-0 defeats we treat them just like history and don’t notice those bad games but instead we just work hard and stay together.

“Days like today and Everton is amazing I just can’t explain.

“The goal before half-time was such a good thing because when the half finishes 2-1 it makes such a difference and the goal made us feel a little bit better for the rest of the game.

“With my goal they stopped and then I came back from the side and they didn’t see me. I’m so happy to score.”

Oxford now only sit above Watford on goal difference at the foot of the FA WSL 2 table, and Franklin-Fraiture was left frustrated after the tough loss.

“First half we were so dominant,” she said.

“For 44 minutes we were completely on top and winning everything but then obviously they got that goal just before half time.

“We were winning everything, we just took our foot off the gas and were maybe a bit complacent.

“At 2-1 they got the momentum and they came out wanting to get another goal – we came out saying we weren’t going to let them get another so we were so disappointed to concede that second goal.

“It’s really frustrating because I feel like we sort of gifted them the win, their second goal was decent but two of them were set piece goals.

“They haven’t outplayed us we were the better team apart from maybe a 20 minute period after half time.”

Watford Ladies 3

Davy 45 56, Ferrandi 48

Oxford United Women 2

Franklin- Fraiture 14, Umotong 20

Watford (4-4-2): Lucy Gillett, Amber Tullett, Jordan Littleboy, Nicole Pepper, Anneka Nuttall, Ellie Mason, Phoebe Read, Sahara Osbourne-Ricketts, Giulia Ferrandi, Anne-Laure Davy, Ruby Baxter

Substitutes: Charlotte Kerr for Phoebe Read 79, Hannah Samuels for Giulia Ferrandi 87

Subs not used: Sophie Cheadle, Mollie Burgess, Lauren Jordinson

Bookings:

Red Cards:

Oxford (4-2-3-1): Hannah Cox, Jessica Frampton, Riva Casley, Rosanna Lane, Ini-Abasi Umotong, Lauren Allison, Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Holly Pickett, Laura Nichol, Laura Rafferty, Madison Lee

Substitutes: Stephanie-Anne Weston for Holly Pickett 79

Substitutes not used: Demi Lambourne, Sophie Baker, Georgia Timms, Charlotte Deeley, Ellie Noble

Bookings: Casley 58

Red Cards:

Referee: Christopher Kidd

Attendance: 309

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