New Birmingham City boss Scott Booth admitted Birmingham City must be better with the ball in the final third of the pitch if they are to start climbing the table this season.
The Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Kit Graham found the back of the net with a whipped delivery in the 40th minute to seal all three points for the hosts.
It was Booth’s first competitive game in charge of the away side since taking on the head coach role left vacant by Carla Ward in the summer after Birmingham narrowly escaped relegation.
And while the former Glasgow City boss was encouraged by his new team’s performance in their Barclays FA WSL opener, he said there is one particular area they must improve.
“I think today there were a number of good performances, particularly on the defensive side. But everyone worked very, very hard,” said Booth.
“We still need to work from mid to front to be more dangerous consistently. Until we can recreate that on the pitch, then it’s going to make it difficult to score a lot of goals.
“But I think we have the players that can do that, we just need the time to work on it. Obviously, we don’t want to wait a long time to get our first win.
“We want to win quickly, and we want to get points on the board.”
It was another tight encounter between these two sides, with Graham’s first-half curling effort the only thing splitting them – just as was the case when the teams met in May.
Tottenham had several early chances which all ended up just wide of the target, including a long-range shot and then a free kick from Jessica Naz in the opening ten minutes.
In the 17th minute, a clever ball in from Naz was met by Josie Green, but, under pressure from Blues keeper Emily Ramsey, she was unable to bring the ball down and put it wide.
Having broken the deadlock before half-time, Graham had another chance to put the result beyond doubt seven minutes after the restart but blasted over the bar.
Veatriki Sarri almost equalised with ten minutes to go but Spurs managed to hold on, with Booth acknowledging he has work to do if his side are to improve on last season’s 11th-place finish.
Booth added: “I think it was always going to be a tough game.
“First game as a new group, new squad. I think there were elements in the game that I was happy with. Certainly, the amount of endeavour that the players put in.
“In the second half, I felt that we caused them more problems, got higher up the pitch. That said they also created chances.
“It’s about the players learning a lot about each other in a short space of time and that game will have done us a lot of good to play in a competitive match of this level.”
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