Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell is expecting nothing less than a real battle when her side take on relegation-threatened Bristol City at The People’s Pension Stadium this afternoon.
The Seagulls come up against a Bristol City side who simply must win the game if they are to give themselves any chance of retaining their Barclays FA Women’s Super League status.
Matt Beard’s side are two points adrift of safety but they know that second-bottom side Aston Villa face a monumental task as they travel to Meadow Park to face Arsenal.
Bristol City have lost just once in five matches on the road in the league and Brighton & Hove Albion boss Powell again expects them to come out fighting.
“You only have to look at their previous games, they’re throwing absolutely everything at it,” said Powell when speaking in her pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present. “They are more than capable of scoring, more than capable of winning and we are taking this game very, very seriously.
“It’s not about whether they stay up or go down, that’s not the interest. We want to win the game whoever it is, it just so happens that it is Bristol.
“They’re fighting for their lives to stay in the WSL, we are fighting for sixth spot. If we were in their position, it’s do or die, they’ve got absolutely more to gain if they win the game and that’s what they are going to try to do.”
Brighton & Hove Albion are playing to record a first-ever top half of the table finish in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. They will achieve the feat if they better Reading’s result against Chelsea and Powell says that finishing sixth would be something to celebrate.
She added “I think we’ve done well. I think if you’d have offered us seventh at the start of the season, we would have been happy, sixth just shows how far we have come.
“All-in-all, on reflection, it has been a good season despite all of the hurdles that we have had to overcome, staff not being present because of COVID, all of the adversities that we have had to deal with.
“I think we have done alright so I am pleased.”
Brighton & Hove Albion’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Bristol City is scheduled to kick-off at 2.30pm and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.