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Lindsay Johnson admitted that the result was more important than the performance after Everton maintained their title challenge with a 1-0 victory at Birmingham City on Wednesday night.
The Toffees moved to within three points of Arsenal and the England central defender told Women's Soccer Scene afterwards: "We've played a lot of games and knew it wouldn't be easy, so we were happy with the three points. Playing Birmingham is always a hard game and we drew with them twice last season.
"Obviously we want to play well and score goals but we also want the three points, so if we can grind them out like that then were happy."
Fara Williams scored the decisive goal on the night via a first half free kick and Lindsay paid tribute to the star midfielder's excellent form. "Fara's been outstanding this season, especially scoring so many goals," she said. "Iit was a great free kick again - we can rely on her but we don't want to just rely on her, we want to be getting the goals. Tash (Dowie) is having a little drought of late but she is working hard and making the runs - we just need her to get a goal."
However the other defining moment in the match came at the other end, when Rachel Brown made a world class save from Jemma Iommi's long range effort to keep her side in front. "I heard it and I knew it was going for the goal," admitted Lindsay. "Rachel is an outstanding goalkeeper, but that save was out of this world and we've got her to thank for that."
With four games left to play, Everton need ten points in order to lift the Championship for the first time in eleven years and Lindsay insists that her side can produce the results that matter. "We've never been in this position before where we can win the league at this stage of the season, so its new ground for all of us really," she said. "There is a lot of pressure on us, but it's how we handle it that matters - it's going to be hard we've got four games left and we want full points from all of them.
"We said in the dressing room that we want to be in this position and should be relishing being in it and taking it board. You are going to get games like tonight where we have got to grind out results. It was a hard earned three points but we deserved them because we worked so hard and I think every game is going to be like that - no team is going to lay down and let us have the title, we've got to work for it."
Once change that Lindsay has noticed in recent weeks is that their opponents' attitude towards them has altered. "We went away to Leeds, which is another hard place to go and play and we dropped points there," she recalled. "We were disappointed with the result and they were very happy with it. Watford put a lot of players behind the ball and we are getting a lot of that now. "We've got to expect that and have to go to teams and take the game to them - people know we can play football and try to stop us so we've got to be a little bit stronger and cuter about what we are doing."
Next up for Everton is a home match with Bristol Academy on Sunday and Lindsay is expecting much of the same. "They (Bristol) are another awkward side who battle it out well," she said. "They can score goals as well and have some great players. We're expecting a tough game but there are no easy games in this league, especially at this stage of the season."
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