McNamara | 'Unlocking them was going to be key'

Dan McNamara was pleased to see his Wolves Women side put in another professional display at Fylde on Sunday afternoon.

The Old Gold recorded their fifth win on the spin in the process and manager McNamara has spoken on the importance of the first goal, injuries to Sophie Bramford and Merrick Will, and Katie Johnson wearing the armband in the latter stages.

On getting a fifth win in a row

“It’s always been a tough place to come over the last three or four years and they make it difficult.

“They defend resolutely, they play on the counter attack and they’re effective in what they do.

“I thought we needed a really professional performance today, which we got. You’ve got to win the fight and then your football will come to fruition.

“In the second half they did that much better so, overall, it’s a professional performance and another clean sheet on Bec’s (Thomas) 100th appearance, which I’m sure she’ll be really proud of.”

On getting the first goal

“Just unlocking them was going to be the key. I did say if they got a foothold in the game, it could be a tough afternoon.

“We knew that a set piece would maybe unlock them and in the first half, Summer’s (Holmes) hit one.

“That was a really important goal. It then changes the dynamic of the game and they have to come forward and continue fighting for their lives.

“I thought the third goal was one of the best moves of the game.”

On injuries to Sophie Bramford and Merrick Will

“Soph was more precautionary because of her face, but Mez looks like it could be a bad one. We won’t know anything until next week.

“We’ll have a look, let it settle down and then the medical team will do their bit. Fingers crossed it’s not as bad as it first looked.

“Soph should be fine and thankfully we got through the rest of the game and took advantage when they went down to 10 players.”

On Katie Johnson wearing the armband late on

“The final thing for me is KJ coming on and captaining the side. I’ve been with KJ for a long time now and we’ve had a great journey.

“She was here before me so I know that will be a proud moment for her, her family and the whole football club.

“For someone to come right the way through the ranks and then take over, albeit for the last part of the game, she should be really proud of that and hopefully there’s many more to come.”