Bristol City’s stand-in boss Matt Beard believes that his squad have what it takes to stay up this season, following their 1-1 draw at Birmingham City on Sunday.
The visitors took the lead after 13 minutes through Charlie Wellings before Birmingham City captain Christie Murray found her side’s equaliser 10 minutes into the second half as the two sides shared the points.
In the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Beard said “I think we can stay up. I think the position we have put ourselves in and the form that we are in, you’d probably rank us at the top of the form table from the teams near the bottom of the league.
“We have got goals in this team, so it is vitally important that we continue to believe and fight for every point.
“We have two tough home games left against Manchester United and Arsenal which aren’t going to be easy but over the time I’ve been here, I think we have proved that we can compete with anyone.”
The draw in The Midlands moves Bristol City above Aston Villa into 10th place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table, something which Beard believes will work to his side’s advantage over the next few weeks.
“I think one more win will guarantee our safety with the games that we have got left,” Beard added.
“We obviously have to play Aston Villa but they also have to play West Ham both home and away so from that prospective, teams below us are going to lose points.
“One more win would probably be enough for us but we want to try and pick up as many points as we can.”
Commenting on his side’s performance against Birmingham City, Beard was happy with the point recorded in what was classed as a crucial six-pointer.
“I think the draw was a fair result,” he said. “I was frustrated from my end because we did well in the first half but we knew they’d put pressure onto us in the second half.
“I think it was rightly important for both sides to not lose the game, so it was an important point.
“We’re now in a fantastic position. At the end of January, we were sat on two points and now we find ourselves above both Aston Villa and West Ham United.”
Bristol City face Arsenal at Twerton Park in their next Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture on Sunday.