Christie Murray: It’s great to be back

Blues co-captain Christie Murray has said that the team are more than ready for Wednesday’s high-stakes clash against bottom side West Ham United.

The game against the Hammers kick-starts an important run of fixtures for Carla Ward’s side, with Bristol City to follow at the end of March.

Blues go into the match following a tricky run, but midfielder Murray told that the squad are feeling positive going into the game.

Speaking on their unity, she said: “The last couple of games have been tough for us as a group, but we have come together, and we are fully focused on the game tonight. We want to learn from the games and put everything right.

“It’s just going back to what we’ve been good at in the first half of the season. It’s trying to get back to that form and coming together as a group because that’s our biggest strength. Come tonight, we will focus on everything we are good at to build some positive momentum for the rest of the season.”

The side have found goals hard to come by recently, but the Scottish international views tonight as the opportunity to rectify that.

Murray said: “The games have been tough recently. It’s not going to be an easy game, but hopefully, it will be a good opportunity for us to attack and for our forward players to get opportunities in front of goal.

Last time out against tonight's hosts, a goal from Emily Van Egmond and an own goal from Claudia Walker outdid an opener from the latter.

With a new man at the helm, Olli Harder, Murray expects the game to be a fight but insists that the side must focus on the factors that they can control.

She explained: “The last game was tough, they have good players and a good team and of course we want to respect them, but for us, we are fully focused on ourselves and making sure we implement our game plan fully.”

After being out since December, Murray made her return to action against Arsenal at the beginning of the month and is delighted to be back amongst the squad.

On her return, she said: “I missed being involved with the girls, it’s different watching because you just want to be playing, so I was delighted to come back against Arsenal. I love being on the pitch and playing football, so it’s great to be back.”

The 30-year-old ended with a message for the fans, she said: “I want to emphasise how much we value their messages of support, we as a squad are fully focused on making sure that we deliver on the pitch. Every game that is coming up is important to us as a squad.“