Women | Joel Hutton: Top drawer performance


Cardiff City FC Women manager Joel Hutton revealed his thoughts at GenQuip Stadium following the Bluebirds’ 1-0 victory over Port Talbot Town Ladies in the Welsh Premier Women’s League on Sunday afternoon.

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The Bluebirds dominated proceedings and Alana Murphy’s goal just before the break proved enough to seal a second consecutive victory away from home and the three points mean that City still hold second place in the WPWL standings.

“I was very pleased with the victory,” began Joel following the final whistle. “I said to the girls before the game that it didn’t necessarily matter how many goals we scored: we just needed to win, but we did create a lot of chances and probably converted the hardest one of all.

“We’ve been working on taking advantage of the pace of our wingers and it caused Port Talbot’s defence a lot of problems, so that was another positive.”

He concluded: “We dominated, so we should have put a few more chances away, but we controlled the match at the right times and in the right areas of the pitch. Three points and a clean sheet is top drawer, so I’m happy.”

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Murphy is the squad’s current top scorer and she extended her scoring for the season to 15 goals by netting her third goal against Port Talbot Town this campaign. The forward added: “It was really good and nice to score the goal, but I think we could have scored more and the team really played well as a group.

“It was probably one of the best we’ve played this season, especially in the first-half and it’s always nice to keep a clean sheet too. The defence was solid as always.”

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