Tuesday 9 January 2018

INTERVIEW: Redfearn pleased with clean sheet

Belles boss pleased to keep clean sheet in win over Watford

Belles head coach Neil Redfearn was delighted with his side’s win over Watford at the weekend.

Redfearn’s side ran out 2-0 winners at Kings Langley as they saw off a spirited second half performance from the bottom side to clinch another three points.

And the former Leeds United manager singled out the clean sheet as a big positive from the game.

He said: “The most important thing for me was the clean sheet. We defended well and looked organized and when they did break through, Nicky Davies made a couple of great saves.

“First half we were by far the better side and created chances.

“We got ourselves 2-0 up but, to be fair, Watford rallied in the second half and made more of a game of it. I thought overall we managed the game well.

“The clean sheet was a big thing.

“I’ve looked at the past results and we’ve had a great first half of the season but that’s only our second clean sheet of the season.

“If we can get the team organized like today then we’ve got enough quality to win games.

“Overall I’m really pleased with the performance and the win.”

Redfearn was also full of praise for the opposition who, despite their lowly position in the league, gave the Belles a game in the second half and, but for the fingertips of Nicky Davies, would have had at least one goal for their efforts.

But the Belles boss was proud of how his side dug it out.

He added: “Clean sheets win you games and sometimes you have to go away from home and dig in and in the second half that’s what we did.

“We controlled the first half and if there’s any disappointment it would be that we probably should have been more than two goals up at half time.

“They came out scrapping in the second half but I thought we matched them.

“This is a difficult place to come and if Watford show that spirit for the rest of the season they’ll definitely start taking points off teams sooner rather than later.”

He also singled out praise for the two central midfield players who have formed a formidable partnership in the heart of the Belles team this season.

He said: “The two in midfield were excellent again today too.

“Sam [Tierney] and Sophie [Walton] are the constant that helps the defence and the goalkeeper and allows the front four to be creative.

“They prompted well all game and got onto the second balls well too. They kept their shape when Watford came at us too which was important.”

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