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5 Things we Learned from Everton Ladies’ loss to Birmingham

Including a very frank assessment of what Everton lacks from Manager Willie Kirk

Chelsea Women v Everton Ladies - FA WSL
Megan Finnigan
Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Everton Ladies lost at home to Birmingham during a mid-week evening game in front of a crowd of only 103 spectators. For a more in-depth take about why the Blues have the lowest attendance rates in the WSL, check out this article.

The Toffees lost 3-1 after going up 1-0 in the first ten minutes. England Lioness striker Ellen White helped Birmingham make a comeback with a brace.

Olivia Chance was back on the bench for Everton after a long spell out due to injury. The New Zealand international has spent the better part of the season out and was back as an unused sub during the match.

Here’s a few takeaways from the game:

1. Inessa Kaagman is capable of wonderful goals.

Check out the Dutchwoman’s finish that left the goalkeeper absolutely stunned:

Kaagman also had a wonderful goal against Liverpool earlier in the season and she could be the only Everton player making an appearance in this summer’s World Cup. She is the Blues’ top goal scorer, with 3 league goals and 1 cup goal.

2. Everton continue to concede on set pieces and on long-range goals.

Two of the goals were from corner kicks and one was from long range. Manager Willie Kirk even warned the Blues ahead of the game: “Birmingham shoot from distance.”

3. Gabby George is out with injury.

This is bad. The defender was noticeably missing from the lineup after going down with injury against Yeovil Town. There are no updates as to if or when she will be back for the remainder of the season. With Man United Women having sealed promotion to the top tier next season, do not be surprised to see George sign for the Red Devils this summer.

4. Manager Willie Kirk said after the game that the difference between Everton and a Top 4 team like Birmingham is MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY:

“People like [Birmingham striker] Ellen White cost a lot of money. And we have not got a lot of money.”

“So, if we want a goal scorer who is going to guarantee 15 - 20 goals a season, they cost a lot of money.”

“And Ellen [White] proves that year after year. I think that’s a big difference. We have not scored enough goals.”

Say it louder for the people in the back! Can someone buy Everton Ladies a striker, please? The Toffees have only scored 10 goals all season, which is the same number as last-place Yeovil Town. His comments regarding money are at the 3:00 minute mark:

5. Manager Willie Kirk does not like the home pitch at Southport.

He doesn’t go into details, but he mentioned a difficult pitch for the second time in a row after a home defeat in his comments to WSL.com:

”Our decision making on a difficult pitch was good and I am pleased with that - but our finishing just was not good enough.”

This is what Kirk said after the Yeovil Town defeat:

“The pitch was obviously a factor in today’s game, but it was the same for Yeovil and they took their chance when it came.”

If you look closely at the above goal highlights, there is a considerable amount of mud in front of the goal. Can someone buy the Everton Ladies a new pitch, please? More about the stadium issues that have plagued the team here.

Everton Ladies play first-place Arsenal Sunday (12:30pm) and will be aired on BBC Red Button and Online.

Come on you Blues!