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 hopeful of another good performance in Second City derby

Birmingham City head coach Carla Ward expects her side to deliver a similar performance to the one that they put in during their 1-1 draw with Reading at the weekend.

The Blues are preparing to take on their local rivals Aston Villa in the Second City derby at the Stadium tomorrow night as both sides look to secure their places in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League for another season.

Speaking ahead of the game in her pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were in attendance, Ward said “In the last two games, we’ve created far more chances going forward.

“Against Reading, we created 17 opportunities so we were really pleased with it. We’ll expect the same kind of mindset and game plan tomorrow because we want to go after them as it’s a derby.

“There will be no sitting back and playing for a point, so we’ll go out there and aim for the three points.”

Ward’s side haven’t won a league game since the reverse fixture when they beat Villa 1-0 at Villa Park in October. The Blues boss feels that the pressure won’t be on her side as they look to record their first win in 13 league matches but it will be on Villa.

She added “We get asked all the time ‘are we feeling the pressure?’ and believe it or not, we don’t.

“We’re very much focused on where we are at and what we need to do, so the mood in camp is a relaxed one.

“This game for me, is one where the pressure is on Villa. They need three points and we need a point ourselves but we will try and claim all three available.

“My first derby earlier in the season was one I’ll never forget and it’s one which both sets of male fans come together and usually lock heads.

“Tomorrow is one for the fans, so we have to do everything we can to win the game.”

Ward went on to reveal some team news ahead of tomorrow night’s game with the potential worry of again not having at least five players on her bench.

She added “I’m not kidding, we have 11 players training today, it’s been the story of our season.

“It’s the way it has been all season, we have a player who is unwell, we’re not in a luxury position but it is what it is, we’ll role our sleeves up and we will get on with it.

“I honestly couldn’t tell you who and how many will be there tomorrow but what I can tell you is we will be ready no matter who is fit.”

The Second City derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa is scheduled to kick-off at 7pm tomorrow night and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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