Bristol City boss Matt Beard - Photo: Chloe Knott for The FA

‘In the first half they wanted it more’ – Bristol City boss Beard on draw at Villa

Bristol City manager Matt Beard was critical of his side’s first half performance as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Aston Villa yesterday.

The Robins’ sluggish start saw them trail 2-0 at the break in what was a crucial relegation six-pointer for both sides.

Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Beard said that he was the most disappointed that he has been with the first half performance and that it was a case that Villa simply wanted it more.

“We went into a shell (after conceding the opening goal),” Beard said. “The players deserve an enormous amount of credit for getting us back in the game and getting a point in the end.

“The first half was probably the most disappointed that I have been since I have been here because we didn’t do the basics of the game, the fundamentals, which is frustrating. We did it in the second half and caused them problems.

“To me, in the first half, it just looked like they wanted it more and when you are in a relegation battle, you can’t allow that to happen.”

It was dubbed as one of the biggest games of the season at the bottom of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table before kick-off and in the end, Beard believed that 2-2 was a fair reflection of the contest.

“I think so,” Beard said when asked whether the draw was a fair result. “I think it was a game of two halves, they won the first half, we won the second half.

“The most important thing is that we continue to pick points up, there are still six points to play for. One point is better than none and we need to make sure that we pick up at least three more from the next two games.”

Bristol City are back in action next Sunday when they host Manchester United at Twerton Park.

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