17 February 2020

Birmingham manager Tejedor happy to progress to last eight of FA Cup after 'uncomfortable' win over Sunderland

Birmingham City boss Marta Tejedor insists she was happy her side overcame 'anxiety and stress' to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over third tier Sunderland.

Lucy Staniforth's free-kick five minutes from time proved crucial as The Blues edged past their north east opponents who campaign two divisions below them.

And while the performance was not one to write home about, Tejedor is thankful her players grinded out the result.

She said: "I am pleased with the fact we won the game and we went through. It is difficult to be pleased with the score, the way you play and everything else outside that, but at least we won the game.

"The wind, maybe the pitch being soft, the opponents playing so deep, it can make it tough. If you manage to score early then it can change things. We had chances from the very beginning but couldn't score and the more the match went on, the more anxiety and stress you get.

"All of it built to a really uncomfortable match but we got through it. At the end of cup games the important thing is to still be in the competition at the end.

"In the future, no one will care how you got there if you can keep progressing so I am happy with that and looking forward to the next round."

The draw for the last eight of the FA Cup will take place at 8:45pm tonight.

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