Wolves manager plays down play-off pressure and labels Saints favourites

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Southampton FC Women’s Caitlin Morris shows her winner’s medal to a young supporter after winning the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division title at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton FC Women’s Caitlin Morris shows her winner’s medal to a young supporter after winning the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division title at St. Mary’s Stadium.

WOLVES Women’s boss Dan McNamara looked to shift the pressure to Saints ahead of the Championship play-off, insisting: “We’ll be huge underdogs.”

The manager, who led his Wolves side to win the National League North this campaign, says Saints are well ahead of their Black County counterparts in financing.

Both sides are league champions, but only one can secure promotion to the second division with the deciding clash played at Stockport County on Saturday, May 21.

The match, kicking off at 3PM, will be streamed live globally by BBC.

“At the start of the season it was beyond our wildest dreams to win the division, but we absolutely smashed it and so our season is already an incredible success,” McNamara told the club website.

“Southampton though, they’ve had the expectation all season of reaching the Championship after the money the club has invested in the women’s team.

“We get great support from our football club, but Southampton are certainly ahead of us in financial terms. And they’ve got an excellent footballing side, as we know from analysing a good number of their performances this season. But the pressure on Saturday will all be on them.

“We’ll be huge underdogs, but the girls are confident in the game plan we’ll take into the match and they’re looking forward to the biggest challenge this club’s faced in many a year. We had spells in the top two tiers around the turn of the century, but the women’s game has progressed so much in the years since then.

“It’s now on an entirely different level, and we want to continue raising our own levels. So this a an historic moment for us – and we aim to make the most of it.”

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