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Villa Ladies verdict: Hunt - We're pleased with the three points

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Villa Ladies verdict: Hunt - We're pleased with the three points

Head coach Joe Hunt was pleased to earn a first victory of the 2016 season following Sunday's win over Oxford at Coles Lane.

Katie Wilkinson's wonder strike and Beth Merrick's second half goal helped the claret and blues come from behind to record victory.

Striker Imi Umotong gave Les Taylor's Oxford the lead before the visitors spurned a host of opportunities to extend their advantage in the first period as the home side struggled to gain a foothold in the contest.

Hunt was pleased to see his side regroup after the interval and bounce back from Thursday's disappointing defeat at Everton.

He said: "Not sure where to begin with yesterday's game!

"We are all bitterly disappointed with the performance but really pleased with the three points.

"It's what we talked about since the Everton defeat, making sure we had at least three points from six in our opening two games.

"We've done that and put ourselves in a good position.

"I've never seen anything like it before in all my time with the ladies team.

"We just couldn't pass the ball to each other.

"It wasn't just one or two it was all 11!

"At half-time we just said let's forget that 45 minutes, this is what we are going to do second half.

"We then spoke about basics and dealing with the Oxford front line.

"The second half was better, I felt we got frustrated with ourselves for a few minutes and gradually started to dominate the game.

"The back four were rock solid in the second period, our midfielders got a foothold and our attackers became more of a threat and made better decisions.

"The second goal actually calmed us down and we managed the game exceptionally well afterwards."

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Wilkinson's 40th-minute screamer is a strike which will live long in the memory of those of a claret and blues persuasion.

And her head coach believes it was no more than the striker and 'team player' deserved.

He added: "Katie Wilkinson pulled us back into the game with a moment of brilliance. It's what she's capable of.

"She is a quality forward who puts her body on the line week in week out.

"A proper team player.

"It's one of the best goals I've seen her score but she's in a good place at the moment, fitter than she's been in a long time.

"Her penalty wasn't the best though so she owes Beth a big thank you for following in so hard to put the rebound away."

Villa Ladies are back in action this Sunday, they take on Chelsea in their SSE Women's FA Cup quarter-final tie.

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Emily Liles
By @emily_liles 28th March 2016