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Merrick Will on edgy Birmingham County Cup win and what Wolves Women MUST do differently to defeat bitter rivals West Brom

Merrick Will says Wolves Women must be more ruthless in front of goal against West Bromwich Albion following their shaky 1-0 win over 10-player Sutton Coldfield at the Central Ground on Sunday.

Dan McNamara’s side had 44 shots in the Birmingham County Cup tie and hit the woodwork five times, as they needed an Anna Morphet penalty to edge past their stubborn opponents from two leagues below.

Needless to say, Will pinpointed Wolves’ lack of a clinical nature as their downfall on the nervy afternoon.

“A bit of a frustrating game, but yeah very important to get through to the next round and focus on West Brom, I think we’re glad that this one is out of the way,” she said.

“I think there are more points that we are going to focus on individually, but credit to them, they gave us a good game.”

McNamara’s side have been free scoring over recent weeks, and Will said that it was just one of those rare occasions where the ball didn’t want to go into the net.

“It was a combination of not being as clinical as we wanted to be and it just not being our day at all in front of goal,” she said.

“We definitely created more chances than what we have created before so we are a bit disappointed with that.”

The Old Gold’s complacency in front of goal no doubt needs addressing if they want to pick up a positive result against the Baggies this weekend.

Wolves have a positive record against their fierce Midlands rivals, having done the double over Albion last term.

Sunday will mark Will’s first Black Country derby for the club, following her move from Coventry United in the summer, and she is determined to mark the occasion with three points.

Will said: “There are a few players who I know that have come from where I played last year to join them so they’ll definitely be a threat and it’s a game we want to win. We have won quite a few of the derbies consecutively so we will take the positives from today, as well as the negatives.

“We’ve got some work to do in the week and I’m really looking forward to it, the first derby of the year so hopefully we get the three points.”

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