Bristol City defender Gemma Evans says that both herself and the squad would love to lift the FA Women’s Continental League Cup on Sunday as a tribute to injured teammate Jas Matthews.
The Robins captain went under the surgeon’s knife last week as she looks to overcome a foot injury and Matthews is now set for a period on the sidelines.
The 27-year-old will undoubtedly be gutted to be missing Bristol City’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup final clash against Chelsea at Vicarage Road this weekend but teammate Evans says that Matthews will be in their thoughts and her absence will provide extra motivation
“All we have said all week is ‘lets do it for Jas’, she is a massive character for us” said Evans when speaking to FAWSL Full-Time in Bristol City’s pre-match press conference. “Obviously, she’s our leader, she has led us to where we are.
“We think of her every day and wish her a speedy recovery and we will do it for her.”
With Bristol City having hugely improved since stand-in manager Matt Beard’s arrival at the club, one player who has gone from strength-to-strength is defender Evans. The Welsh international went on to say that she is feeling the benefit of Beard’s new methods.
“At the minute, I feel like I am kind of peaking,” added Evans. “It is down to Matt to be fair, he has given me loads of confidence since he has come in and has believed in me from the minute go.
“He has been a breath of fresh air for us. It is really good to see and the fight in the squad is immense.”
Bristol City pulled off a stunning 3-2 victory over Reading at Ashton Gate on Monday night to climb off the bottom of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table but Evans is well aware of the much tougher assignment facing The Robins on Sunday.
“The confidence in the squad is massive right now but I think we are realistic as well,” Evans said. “We need to keep our feet on the ground, we know that Chelsea are a quality team.
“It’s going to be a tough task but I think that as long as we execute our game plan to the best of our ability, we have a chance.”
The FA Women’s Continental League Cup final between Chelsea and Bristol City is scheduled to kick-off at 2.30pm on Sunday and will be available for fans to watch live on BT Sport 2.