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Bedford ‘pulsed’ after Leicester’s first win at WSL and Tottenham knock Man United out of third place

LYDIA BEDFORD praises her players for weathering the storm to beat Birmingham 2-0 and claim a precious first win in the top flight.

A mighty header from Sam Tierney was one of the goals that helped the Foxes jump from the bottom of the cliff in the battle for survival in WSL.

Leicester get their first win and point at WSL after nine consecutive defeats

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Leicester get their first win and point at WSL after nine consecutive defeatsCredit: Rex
Bedford hopes the result will help her team boost their efforts to avoid relegation

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Bedford hopes the result will help her team boost their efforts to avoid relegationCredit: Getty

The result saw Bedford take his first win since the second WSL game at the helm.

Foxes The boss said: “It was a big relief and I really enjoyed the girls

“It was a great team effort to keep a clean sheet and get that performance going for nine minutes. I am very proud of them.

“The second half of the season will be very important for us.

“Girls have to remember that, but three points made a big difference to our journey

“Hopefully the belief that it will generate over Christmas and the mentality for the girls back in January will help us start the new year.

The home team took the lead thanks to Sophie Howard’s save in the 18th minuteorder minute.

And they came close to doubling their advantage moments later when Natasha Flint set up Jess Sigsworth, who narrowly unleashed her attack.

The visitors had a good chance to equalize when Libby Smith tackled Jade Pennock before the winger sent the ball over the bar.

Leicester Doubled their lead in the second half with Molly Pike’s corner finding Tierney, the defender headed her first goal in the 74th minute.order minute.

They beat their rivals to secure victory with a trip to Reading in the new year.

Failure for Birmingham sending Darren Carter’s side into relegation before Christmas and a tough January showdown with leaders Arsenal.

In other places Tottenham regained the WSL’s coveted third place with a narrow home loss to Everton.

Jessica Naz’s second-half shot gave Spurs a 1-0 win and a two-point advantage over Manchester United.

Jessica Naz is Tottenham's target as they return to third place in the league

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Jessica Naz is Tottenham’s target as they return to third place in the leagueCredit: Prime Media

And Rehanne Skinner wants her players to stay motivated for the rest of the season.

Tottenham boss says: ‘You have to be consistent in this league or you won’t get anything out of it

“Last year was very different for us. This year we only had two matches where we weren’t in any races.

“We showed great resilience and bravery to get the points in this game.”

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