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No place like home for sorry Birmingham as they suffer heavy defeat to Manchester City after being forced to pay £500 to play their home game at the FA's base Birmingham City Women were forced to pay £500 to play at St George's Park Their match with Man City was moved due to poor playing conditions at home Birmingham, who have played the least games in the WSL, lost the game 4-0 Taylor’s side had 82 per cent possession but the Blues did well to frustrate them 

By Kathryn Batte For The Daily Mail

Published: 21:51 GMT, 28 February 2021 | Updated: 21:51 GMT, 28 February 2021

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Birmingham City were listed as the home team for this fixture, but there was little familiarity for manager Carla Ward and her side as they walked out at St George’s Park on Sunday.

Forced to pay £500 to play 34 miles away from Damson Park, the ground they share with National League side Solihull Moors, they felt more like the away club than opponents Manchester City. Seven of Gareth Taylor’s starting line-up had starred for England against Northern Ireland on Tuesday, with another sitting on the bench.

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The FA took the decision to switch the game to their National Football Centre to ensure it went ahead, with the Blues having suffered four postponements because of a frozen and waterlogged pitch.

Carla Ward's Birmingham City lost 4-0 to Manchester City at St George’s Park on Sunday

Carla Ward's Birmingham City lost 4-0 to Manchester City at St George’s Park on Sunday

They have played the fewest fixtures of any side in the WSL and saw this and their one against Everton postponed in December, with the latter cancelled for a second time in January. Their game against Aston Villa earlier this month was also called off, just five minutes before kick-off.

Poor playing conditions is just one of a series of problems Ward has faced since taking charge of the Blues in August. The club had just eight players on the books when she arrived and the manager had two weeks to rebuild her squad for the start of the season.

She has done a remarkable job to take the team to ninth in the table with 11 points from 12 games, and they should avoid relegation, barring a turnaround from West Ham and Bristol City.

Birmingham were forced to pay £500 to play at St George's Park instead of their home ground

Birmingham were forced to pay £500 to play at St George's

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