Hayes pleased to get back to winning ways

To the delight of Blues fans, Lauren James was named in the matchday squad for the first time since before Christmas. Hayes has warned that our no.19 isn’t ready just yet, however.

‘Lauren needs another at least a few sessions until she’s available.’

It’s another quick turnaround for Hayes’ side as we travel to Aston Villa on Saturday for the fourth-round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

She explains she will continue to rotate her squad as the fixtures are coming thick and fast, saying: ‘Inevitably, players that have played three in seven games, there’s going to be some that might need recovering from that.’