Defender Jemma Purfield helped Bristol City to record a 3-2 victory over Reading at Ashton Gate last night.
The three points helped Matt Beard’s side climb off the bottom of Barclays FA Women’s Super League table at the expense of his former club West Ham United.
Bristol City defender Purfield was partly at fault for Reading’s first goal, as her failed clearance bounced off teammate Yana Daniels and into the path of The Royals’ forward Emma Harries, who was left with a tap in. Yet, the 24-year-old went onto make amends, netting a curling effort early in the second half to make it 2-1. Speaking to Bristol City’s official media sources in the post-match press conference, Purfield said that the squad were extremely pleased with the way in which they responded to going down 1-0 early on.
“We’re are delighted and it’s exactly what we need to get off the bottom of the table, so we’re ecstatic about that” said Purfield.
“We are going to keep both feet on the ground though, because we’ve still got a big two months ahead of us, but it’s a great step in the right direction.”
It was quite an occasion for Bristol City, playing live on BT Sport and under the lights at Ashton Gate and Purfield was happy that her side grabbed their chance in-front of the cameras with both hands.
Purfield stated “I think it was fantastic. Thank you to the club for letting us have a game here, it only helped us and played to our strengths.”
In the 72nd minute, Reading equalised through a thunderous strike from Rachel Rowe and Purfield was proud of her teammates’ mindset as they hunted down the three points.
“We set out to win the game tonight, even at 2-2 the girls didn’t let up any fight,” Purfield added. “We were going to fight to the last minute to get the three points.
“Credit to every single player, staff member and every member of the squad because it was a real team effort tonight to dig us through and it really shows the belief we have in ourselves and how far we’ve come.”
With Bristol City’s 3-2 victory over Reading having helped them leapfrog West Ham United and move off the bottom of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table, Purfield was keen to emphasise the psychological importance of stepping out of the relegation zone.
She added “It was our main focus going into tonight. We said three points takes us off the bottom, that was our driving force.
“Mentally, that’s fantastic for us and a really nice place to be.
“We just want to keep kicking on now and see if we can work our way up the table and get out of that battle, it’s absolutely fantastic.”
Ahead of the club’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup final on Sunday, Purfield wanted to emphasise the importance of taking three points into the game against Chelsea.
“It’s going to be a lift for us, coming off the back of three points into a cup final” she said.
“It’s a great occasion for the club and the players and something everyone one wants to be involved in as a professional football player.”
The FA Women’s Continental League Cup final kicks-off at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.