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

‘Survival is top priority’ says Birmingham City boss Ward following Chelsea defeat

Birmingham City head coach Carla Ward says that Barclays FA Women’s Super League survival remains her team’s top priority following their 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Kingsmeadow yesterday.

Sam Kerr netted a hat-trick while there was a brace for Fran Kirby and a goal for Guro Reiten on what was a tough afternoon for the visitors.

Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Ward said that her side are fully focused on survival.

“We play Coventry next in the cup. I don’t want to disrespect the competition but in all honesty, it’s not important,” Ward said.

“I think it’s an unbelievable competition and one that I absolutely love playing in but we will ring the changes and we’ll allow players to get minutes and we’ll allow others to get some rest.

“At this moment, it’s not big for us, survival is. There will certainly be many changes.”

Commenting on yesterday’s game, Ward went on to applaud Chelsea’s performance, a team which she said prior to the fixture were the best team in Europe on current form.

She added “There’s a reason why they are going into the semi-final of the Champions League and are top of the league.

“Sometimes you have to sit back and appreciate what you came up against because they were exceptional.

“Emma Hayes said after the game that we played them when they were at their best and even she was surprised at times but we’ve got to be better and keep improving.”

As the season starts to come to a close, The Blues have four remaining league games to ensure survival in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. They are currently winless in their last 11 league games but Ward believes that her side deserve credit for some of their performances.

“There are a few of us down there, West Ham who got a brilliant result yesterday and then us, Villa and Bristol who need a couple more points,” she said.

“Everyone keeps talking about our run of 11 games without a win but we’ve picked up some exceptional draws in that time.

“We now have three home games left that we have to try and get something from so we will have to make sure that we are ready for those.”

Birmingham City’s remaining home games are against Reading, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur while they must travel to Manchester City.

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