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“We’ll be ready for Forest” – McNamara’s battle cry after facile West Brom success

Wolves Women’s manager Dan McNamara has his eyes set on Nottingham Forest after his side beat West Bromwich Albion Women 3-1 at the Trico Stadium.

On their first start away from home in the league this month, goals from Sophie Bramford, Liv Fergusson, and Tammi George sealed a derby day success for the Wanderers.

The success saw McNamara’s side rise to third in the league table, four points behind table toppers Burnley with a game in hand.

“We always talk about what this means to not just the players but also the fans,” said McNamara. “It was brilliant to win and the record we have in this fixture over the last few years has been remarkable.

“It was made difficult in the first half by the resilience shown by Albion; I don’t think they threatened too much when going forward but they were a tough side to break down.

“We mentioned about being patient, moving the ball, and hopefully moments of brilliance would crop up, so I’m delighted to pick up three points.”

Bramford was instrumental in the Black Country derby victory thanks to her opening goal and crucial assist.

The former England youth international re-joined the club in the summer and she has made her presence felt with a strong start this season.

“We had a tough week of preparations coming into this game and we knew what we had to do,” explained Bramford. “We’re buzzing to get the three points.

“The goals before half-time were crucial; we had a little talk at the break just to settle down our nerves to allow us to progress into the game and build from our good start.

“I know how important derby day is having been at Wolves four years ago, so it as very important for me to assert myself on the game and prove to myself how far I have come.”

The Wanderers travel to Nottingham Forest in their next game looking to reverse the result of their last clash which saw the Reds win 2-0 in the cup.

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Forest sit four points below Wolves in the league with a game in hand and McNamara is looking forward to their game at the Pro:Direct Stadium, as he said: “The league this year is so tough, so we’ve just got to keep plodding on.

“Our game against Forest is away from home – and it was a difficult game up there three weeks ago – so we will prepare as we normally do as it will not be easy.

“We’ll put our trust in the girls and create a nice game plan; we’ll just keep doing what we do and we’ll be ready for Forest in two weeks.”

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