Derby County Ladies Football Club

Griffiths Pleased to Overcome Sheffield Test

Derby County Ladies sealed a top four finish with a 1-0 victory at home to Sheffield FC but Manager Sam Griffiths saw areas where her side struggled after recent time off and injury concerns.

“We always knew it was going to be a tough game especially with the position that they’re in,” she began. “I don’t think their position really reflects how good they are as a team. They caused us some problems today.

“I thought we were quite scrappy. We have had a week off training, and I think you could see that today. So, to get the three points is really pleasing.”

It was 14 days since the Ewe Rams’ last fixture and Griffiths felt that impacted the players.

“We have tried to rest some players we have still got players out injured so we tried to get rid of some of the niggles.

“But I think you could tell that we have not played for a little bit and then trained and just could not quite seem to get the passing or the flow we have been working on.

“We changed shape towards the end of the second half it helped us a little bit I think we provided a bit more of a threat. but I think it was a little bit of a scrappy game for me today.”

Derby star Jodie Redgrave felt the Ewe Rams had to work hard for the win. Redgrave said:

“It was a tough one. They had a lot to fight for coming into today, obviously either Sheffield or Doncaster are going to get relegated.

“But we knew to expect that, and they did make it difficult for us, I think we probably made it difficult for ourselves.

The quality of our passing wasn’t there, and I just feel like we were a bit isolated up top, but we ground it out.”

Redgrave echoed her manager’s thoughts that the team lacked fluidity.

“We’ve got a lot of injuries at the minute, so we’ve got a bit of a disjointed team if I’m being honest.

“I think we had some tired legs out there. We have just had a week off as well so whether that has done us any favours or not physically, I’m not sure.”

Redgrave is still looking to finish the season on a high. She added:

“We have achieved top 4 now which was our goal at the start of the season, but you know if we can win next week and get the three points there then third or second, who knows?”

 Griffiths was pleased to see Derby seal their highest ever finish, a target she set out at the beginning of the season.

“We want to finish as high as we can, hopefully get 3 points next week to finish on a high.  

“But to say we put this team together, with new players and new staff, at start of the season it’s nice to have achieved our target.

“Preseason is all sorted. We have got a few names we are potentially monitoring to speak to. And we are losing a few through them going off and doing different things.

“Hopefully we can keep the core of the squad which we can add to rather than the drastic changes that we had to do at the start of this season.”