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Eagles Baptiste: It’s frustrating to draw but I guess we should be proud of that

By Football Reporter

Eagles striker Bianca Baptiste said after their 1-1 draw against Sunderland at Selhurst Park: “It’s a little bit frustrating. It’s never ideal to not win but we’ve come away with a draw so I guess we should be proud of that.

“Our passing was better and I think we were more sharp. You can see that when we click together, we look dangerous and we can definitely hurt teams.

“[On Selhurst Park] It’s a beautiful pitch and a lovely pitch to play on. We really appreciated the fact that we got to play on it. It’s a tough place to play, because we don’t normally play on grass, but we gave it our all. It’s great that we’ve had that opportunity.

“Last season, I think we shocked Liverpool. This season, with the players that have come in, I think we’re going to do really well, and give Liverpool a bit of a shock.

“We will look at our mistakes, and look at Liverpool to see how we can improve, and make sure we go out there and win the game.”

Sunderland manager Melanie Reay said: “I’m delighted with a point. We’ve come a long way, travelled overnight for the first time this season. We’ll always take a point on the road and it was a hard-fought point in the end.

“I think we created quite a lot of chances in the first half. Both teams could have scored a few. But it was a great reaction from going behind.

“We came into this game not conceding a goal all season, so I was always a little wary of the reaction, how they would feel. But they’ve responded well and delighted for Keira coming off the bench and getting the equaliser.

“She’s our captain. She was unlucky with a cut to her knee when we played Coventry, and missed the game after that. She was chomping at the bit to get on. It was the right time to put her on, and what a reaction. We want substitutes to be going on the pitch and having an impact.”