Davies’ ‘Ginola-like’ show

Head coach Joe Hunt says Carly Davies’ “David Ginola-like” performance should have ensured a more emphatic victory for Aston Villa Ladies over Oxford Women.

Villa recorded a 1-0 win over Oxford on Sunday as Davies’ penalty proved to be the difference in The FA WSL Continental Cup clash, but Hunt insists the margin should have been greater.

“Our 1-0 scoreline doesn’t reflect the game,” Hunt told AVFC.co.uk.. “We totally dominated without playing that well.

“Out of the last three games that’s the worst we’ve played but we came away with the victory – that’s how crazy this game can be.

“Carly Davies was like David Ginola down the left”

Head coach Joe Hunt

“We should’ve been at least four goals up at half-time. Our delivery into the box from Bethan Merrick was top drawer – but our finishing was wayward.”

Hunt and boss Ron Mellor were forced to rejig the midfield when Alicia Robinson was forced off with an ankle injury – but he was quick to praise his side for how they adapted.

“Alicia was having a good game in the midfield but we lost her just before half time. She has been brilliant in the last few games so it was a major blow.

He continued: “We had to tweak a few things – Tash Baptiste went up front, Carly Davies to the left wing and Bethan Merrick to centre midfield.

“Credit to Carly and Bethan as they are not their normal positions – Carly was like David Ginola down the left.

“The change enabled Bethan to get on the ball more and she was probing throughout the second half.

“In fact, the penalty came from Bethan drifting into the box and getting fouled.”

Despite picking up the win, Villa Ladies are out of the Continental Cup – but the experience of participating in the competition will benefit his side according to Hunt.

“The competition has been a great experience for all the squad – not just the young ones but the experience players too.

“They’ve had to put in some massive performances against top teams like Notts County, Birmingham City and Bristol Academy which has really tested us.

“We want to go on a run of games now to show we are a decent team and start climbing the table.”