Birmingham City head coach Carla Ward is predicting an ‘exciting finish’ at the bottom end of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table as she looks to steer her side to safety.
The Blues currently sit ninth in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, three points clear of the relegation zone. On Thursday, they take on Everton at St George’s Park as they look to record their first win in six league games.
Ward knows that the next game will be another tough test for her side and the pressure will be on, following Bristol City’s 3-2 win over Reading on Monday night, which moved them off bottom of the league and closed the gap on Ward’s side to just two points.
In the pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were in attendance, Ward commented by saying “I thought Bristol City were excellent the other night, from minute one they were hungry and lively and it makes it exciting.
“We are going to have an exciting finish at the top, but also at the bottom as we have five teams in and within the relegation scrap including ourselves, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Bristol City and West Ham.
“Credit goes to Bristol City for their resilience shown and their attitude to get themselves off the bottom which certainly makes it a little more interesting.
“It’s important now that we hit our target and I’ve said this to numerous people that we have to focus on ourselves and only ourselves.
“We have a points target, if we hit our target then I’m confident we’ll stay up and that target remains our focus and not what others do around us.”
Birmingham City take on an Everton side who currently sit fifth in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table and they will want to bounce back themselves with a win following their narrow 1-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend.
“Everton produced a really good result which they’ll be disappointed with but we played Manchester City last week and they were absolutely relentless, so it shows the quality that they have got to go head to toe with them for eighty two minutes” said Ward.
“Right now they (Manchester City) are in scintillating form, they are showing why they are up there and pushing Chelsea.
“Despite the defeat at the weekend, it will still be a huge confidence booster for them (Everton).”
Birmingham City have failed to record a home win this season and ending that drought out could become key if they are to avoid relegation, although the club are still being made to play games away from the SportNation.bet Stadium.
Ward added “I think we have some huge games coming up, especially Bristol City and Aston Villa at home.
“It’s a chance where we can get points and stop them, so it’s hugely important that we’ve identified a few games to go out there and get a win.”
Birmingham City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Everton at St George’s Park kicks-off at 7pm on Thursday evening and fans will be able to watch the action live on the FA Player.