Marcus Bignot (Aston Villa Interim Manager) during the FA Womens Super League 1 game between Aston Villa and Tottenham at Bescot Stadium in Walsall -Orlagh Gardner/Sports Press Photo

‘We had to sacrifice today for our survival’ – Aston Villa boss Bignot reacts to FA Cup exit

Aston Villa’s interim manager Marcus Bignot says that the club had to sacrifice taking the Vitality Women’s FA Cup more seriously in a bid to save their Barclays FA Women’s Super League status.

Bignot made seven changes to his side as they exited the Vitality Women’s FA Cup at the first hurdle with an 8-0 defeat to Manchester City at The Academy Stadium yesterday.

When speaking in his post-match press conference, Bignot said that sacrifices had to be made if the club are to remain in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

“We had to sacrifice today in terms of our survival moving forward,” Bignot said. “We have left a lot of starters at home and have given some much-needed opportunities for minutes to finishers. It was also an opportunity to give some fringe players a first start under me.

“I know the beauty of the FA Cup and what it brings, I’ve been there, it is a great opportunity, the best competition but we had to sacrifice it and I am sure that everybody will understand that. We had to sacrifice it because of the turnaround from today to Tuesday, with our squad the importance is Tuesday.”

Despite seeing his side go down 8-0 to a strong City team, Bignot said that there were positives to be taken on an individual level, particularly when it comes to game time.

He added “There were mass changes throughout and as I said, it was an opportunity for finishers to start.

“There were much-needed minutes for the players. During this period, it is really important that we get as many minutes as we can into the legs of all of the squad.

“We kind of looked at this game as the penultimate in terms of leading into this mini four-game tournament (against the sides around them) that we’ve got coming up.

“In terms of individual performances, one or two, three or four, have put themselves into the reckoning for starts on Tuesday so there were some pleasing individual performances there.”

Aston Villa’s next four games see them face West Ham United twice, Bristol City and Birmingham City. Villa currently sit bottom of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table, a point from safety.

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