Bristol City boss Matt Beard - Photo: Chloe Knott for The FA

‘I think two more wins will be enough’ – Bristol City boss Beard comments on survival target

Bristol City’s stand-in manager Matt Beard believes that two more wins will be enough to see his side secure Barclays FA Women’s Super League football for another year.

The Robins went down fighting as they lost 3-0 to Manchester City at Twerton Park this evening and there were definitely positives to take away into their remaining games.

Four of Bristol City’s remaining six league games are against sides currently positioned in sixth or below and Beard believes that two wins will be enough to see his side avoid relegation.

“I think maybe two more wins will be enough if you look at everyone’s run-ins,” Beard told FAWSL Full-Time in his post-match press conference. “All we can do is pick up as many points as we can.

“If you look at where we were when I came in, we had played more games than everyone else, we were five points off West Ham.

“We have really done well to narrow the gap and from my perspective now, it is vitally important that we earmark games like Reading, Tottenham, Birmingham, Villa and Brighton. These are games where we have the ability to pick points up.

“All we can do is pick up as many points as we can but looking at it, I think that two more wins will be enough to stay up.”

Forward Ebony Salmon was not risked against Manchester City with the player suffering from a tight quad but Beard went on to say that she should be available for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

“Tonight was precautionary,” said Beard when discussing Salmon’s absence. “What we didn’t want to do was risk losing her for the run-in.

“I’ve already lost Jas Matthews, Gemma Evans’ ankle didn’t look good at the start of the week but she has really recovered well, so hopefully she will be fit for the weekend.

“I am hoping with the rotation tonight, everyone has got minutes, everyone has proved that they can play in this team. This team have competed well with Manchester City tonight so there are lots of positives that we can take.

“Ebs (Salmon) will be fine.”

Bristol City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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