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

Birmingham City boss Ward happy with second half response in Bristol City draw

Birmingham City head coach Carla Ward was happy with her side’s reaction to find a second half equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Bristol City at the Stadium yesterday.

The visitors took the lead after 13 minutes through Charlie Wellings but Birmingham City battled back and captain Christie Murray netted her side’s equalising goal 10 minutes into the second half.

Speaking about her side’s first half performance in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Ward said “I thought we were absolutely terrible in the first half, diabolical was the word I used.

“We were sloppy, we didn’t look after the ball and the one thing we talk about amongst this group is work-rate, desire and attitude and we didn’t show any of that within any minute of the first half.

“We had an honest conversation at half-time and I thought the reaction was very good.”

The draw leaves Birmingham City sat in ninth place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table but they are winless in 10 league games. Ward knows that the remaining five league games are crucial to her side, if they are to try and prevent relegation to the FA Women’s Championship.

Ward added “We’re four points better off than West Ham, with also a better goal difference. If you look at their run-in, you probably think they will need at least two wins.

“There’s a really interesting run-in coming up, I’d like to think we are nearly there. I would of given you that magic number I’ve been going on about if we had won today.”

The Blues travel to London next weekend to take on league leaders Chelsea, a game which Ward knows will be another tough test for her side.

“I admire Chelsea, I find myself sometimes applauding their play as they play some brilliant football,” she said. “They have a world class squad, under a world class manager in my opinion.

“They have a great squad depth and they play some unbelievable football so we are going to have to dig in and try to frustrate them as much as we can.

“It’s going to be a tough afternoon and we’re going to have to prepare to play large parts of the match without the ball.”

Birmingham City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Chelsea at Kingsmeadow kicks-off at 2pm on Easter Sunday.

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