Birmingham City manager Carla Ward ahead of her side's Barclays FA Women's Super League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion - Image provided by FA Captureweb

Bristol City clash a ‘massive game’ says Birmingham City boss Ward

Birmingham City head coach Carla Ward has described this weekend’s clash against Bristol City as a ‘massive game’ as the Blues look to move further away from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s relegation zone.

The Blues currently sit in ninth place, three points clear of the relegation zone while Sunday’s visitors Bristol City are two points behind Ward’s outfit in 11th position, knowing that a win could move them above Birmingham City in the table.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Ward said “It’s a massive game, it won’t define our season as we still have games to play, we believe we can still pick up points in them.

“Yes, we want to win the game and we don’t want to lose but we still are confident we can pick up points elsewhere too.”

In their previous outing, Birmingham City recorded a late equaliser against bottom side West Ham United in a 2-2 draw, a goal which Ward declared as a ‘huge moment’ within their season, with praise going to right-back Sarah Mayling for her contribution to both goals.

“The one thing I don’t doubt with this side is their attitude, togetherness and their motivation to prove anyone wrong,” Ward said. “Ruby Mace’s goal was crucial.

“Everyone has said all season that everyone had written us off, but I love that. It drives us as a unit and we use all the things said against us to motivate us.

“Sarah (Mayling) has been brilliant all season, she has got that little bit of quality when you need it and she has been involved with some of the big goals that we’ve scored.

“Credit goes to her as she’s one of the most humble players I’ve worked with and a quality individual to have in my squad.”

In the reverse fixture, Birmingham City cruised to a 4-0 victory but Ward knows this game will be completely different from the one played out in October last year.

“It’s not going to be anything like that,” she added. “Both teams have kicked on since then and it’s a different environment.

“They’re under new management so it will be a completely different game, one that will feature two games wanting to win the game who know how important it will be to pick up three points.

“Everyone knows what it is like when a new manager comes in, Matt (Beard) has come in and done great. They look hungry to stay in the division and he has got his side motivated.

“It will be a tough game against a side on a good run of form, so hopefully both sides will go into it a little bit fearless, which will make it a good game to watch.”

Birmingham City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Bristol City kicks-off at 4pm on Sunday and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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