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Mo Marley was full of praise for her Everton side after they demolished MTK Hungaria 7-1 to reach the last sixteen of the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time in their history.
"It was a pleasure to be a part of that," said the Everton boss. "It was frustrating in the first leg and the players were frustrated and we knew we had to raise the standard on this occasion, and I think that's what we've done.
"We're highly delighted with the result and the performance and when you get both, it's that little bit sweeter.
"In the first ten minutes, we looked a little nervous and weren't prepared to take any risks. "We got the goal and, all of a sudden, the players had that little bit more belief and the more the goals went in, the more the players tried to experiment and played to their individual potential and I think the team benefitted more from that."
The second leg was played at the Halton Stadium in Widnes and Mo was delighted with the setting for the match. "It's a great environment," she enthised. "Obviously a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure the game went on tonight. The enviroment and atmosphere tonight was of Champions League standard and as the manager, I am pleased the team and players contributed to that.
"We've taken a bit of stick for not getting to the later rounds of the Champions League [in the past] and that hurts us. "We know we're capable of more and that we've got the players to do that, and we've done that tonight.
"It's now about setting out on this new journey and seeing how far we go in this competition, because we like it and we want to stay in it."
Brooke Chaplen enjoyed her best night with the club to date but remained modest after scoring a Champions League hat-trick. "The girls played really well tonight," she said. "Once we got the passing going, they couldn't live with us. You need to get the first goal so you can get the ball down and start playing and that's what happened.
"It's good to get goals but it's all about getting into the last sixteen so it's good that we've done that.
"The first goal came over my shoulder and I played it first time and the last one was just flukey. For the second one, Michelle [Hinnigan] was unselfish and played the ball across for me. I was a bit lucky for the last goal but it was a hat-trick and I can't complain."
Brooke praised her team mates for the performance overall as well as looking forward to taking on Brondby in the next round: "Throughout the game we had one or two spells when we played one touch passing and tore them apart. "We just need to be more consistent with that for the whole 90 minutes.
"If we can play the football we played tonight then it will be a brilliant game to watch [against Brondby]."
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