Merricks: I'm proud of everyone

Interim boss praises Albion squad after securing place in FA Cup semi-finals.

By Heather Miller • 19 March 2023

By Kyle Hemsley
Amy Merricks was proud of Albion's performance at St Andrew's.

Albion have secured their place in the Women's FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2021 after a convincing 2-0 victory and performance against Birmingham City.

We travelled to St. Andrew's with a point to prove after losing there 3-2 in the Conti Cup earlier in the season but interim head coach Amy Merricks saw her team take control thanks to first-half goals from Poppy Pattinson and Danielle Carter's penalty. 

Merricks said, "I'm really proud of everyone, I feel that it was a good performance. I'm particularly proud of the clean sheet, that's something big that we'll take with us going forward. I thought that our patterns of play into the final third were good so I'm pleased for the team and proud of the performance.

"Credit to Birmingham, I thought that they came out and made it difficult in the second half. The team dealt with it well in those dangerous moments but I also feel that we can make better decisions to help control the game a bit more."


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Pattinson delighted with goal and Birmingham triumph

Merricks felt Albion could have had more goals. 

"The reason we got those opportunities [we scored from] are because of the positions that we got ourselves in during the game. I thought we could have score a couple more but the corner was excellent and we know that Danielle Carter is always going to slot away those penalties. Those moments for the team are huge. 

"It's about momentum and I really felt that we had that coming into this game after the performances that we've had [against Chelsea and Manchester City] in the last couple of weeks. We'll take this with us and fully focus on the league, we've got a big week of work to do before playing Reading next Sunday."