Nic Anderson hails 'tremendous' Everton Ladies performance

Nicola Anderson
Nic Anderson's Everton held their own for most of the game against Manchester City

Everton Ladies manager Nic Anderson has praised her team's 'tremendous' performance in their 2-0 defeat against Women's Super League One side Manchester City in the Continental Cup.

Toni Duggan opened the scoring in the 19th minute but Everton denied City a second goal until Georgia Stanway netted two minutes from full-time.

Anderson said her WSL2 side deserved something from the game.

"The result nowhere near reflects what's gone on here," she said.

"The performance that they each put in was absolutely tremendous.

"You're going up against probably one of the best teams in the WSL, with England internationals in there who are at their peak at the moment, and we've gone in there and we've dominated in parts of the second half."

Anderson took over as interim manager in June following Andy Spence's resignation, with Everton announcing in July that she would stay in the position until the end of the current campaign.

Since then they have climbed to fourth in the WSL2 table and Anderson said that she was relishing the challenge.

"We've had an adjustment from the first half of the season and we're getting embedded into that now," she told BBC Sport.

"Our philosophy's clear of what we want, and the players are going out there week after week and consistently trying to deliver on that."