We secured back-to-back victories in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday as we ran out 4-0 winners over Birmingham.
Caitlin Ford returned to our starting XI and delivered an outstanding attacking performance, scoring twice, while Kim Little made her return from injury off the bench.
There was also a familiar face lining up for the home side, as Arsenal loanee Ruby Mace was granted permission to feature for Carla Ward’s side.
Lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, Foord was tasked with leading the line, while Vivianne Miedema took up a deeper role as a No 10 - and they combined to devastating effect all afternoon.
First, Miedema controlled Beth Mead’s cross with her chest and fired just over the bar, before Foord blazed over from a similar position just moments later.
The latter made no mistake with her next sight of goal, though, as she reacted first inside the area to bundle home the opener. There was a moment of confusion as the linesman had their flag raised for offside, but the referee appeared to overrule their decision.
Foord then went on to double our advantage less than two minutes later, converting from close range after a drilled delivery across the face of goal was miss-hit by Miedema.
The Australia international is now the fourth top scorer in the WSL this season with nine goals to her name.
Heading into this fixture, Miedema had failed to score from any of her previous 21 shots against Birmingham City, but on this occasion her fourth attempt proved successful.
Miedema received the ball with her back to goal and twisted away from her marker, before cutting onto her right foot and rifling a powerful effort in off the post.
Substitute Lisa Evans then went on to make it four deep into stoppage time, finding the top left corner from Miedema’s inviting through ball.
WHAT IT MEANS
Up next, we will face Manchester United on Friday, March 19.
The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 6.30pm (UK time).
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