Harrop ready to "kickstart" the season

Blues captain Kerys Harrop is hopeful that the appointment of Charlie Baxter and a victory in the FA Cup quarter-final can kickstart their season. 

Baxter replaced manager Marta Tejedor on an interim basis last week and is tasked with an FA Cup quarter-final game against Brighton in his first match in charge.

Harrop has been pleased with the impact Baxter has had since the appointment.

“Charlie has his own ideas and philosophy,” explained Harrop. “He's been with the Club a long time and it is nice for him to be given the opportunity to step up.”

Ahead of Sunday’s trip to the South Coast, Baxter has been working with the players to put across his ideas and Harrop believes this is a step in the right direction. 

She said: “Charlie has given us a lot of technical detail about the philosophy he has and he has started to work with players individually about their positions.

“He is instilling the team with confidence again, highlighting that we have quality throughout the team.

“Hopefully this can be a kickstart for us to the end of the season, there are still nine [Barclays FA WSL] games left and plenty of opportunities to pick up points.”

The main aim for the side is to now avoid relegation and Harrop is confident that, with Baxter, this can happen. 

She said: “Our priority is to make sure we stay up, there is no point in trying to hide away from that, we won't stop fighting until we're safe.

“I know we are better than the teams around us, but we’ve got to show that, get points on the board and move up the table.

“The fans are behind us no matter what, they are Blues through and through.

"We want to make them proud and put smiles back on faces.”

Watch Sunday's FA Cup tie live on Facebook (2pm KO).

If you’re unable to make it to Brighton, you can watch Blues’ FA Cup quarter-final tie on Sunday 15 March live on Blues' Facebook channels.

The live stream will be available to watch from 1.50pm with commentary provided by Dale Moon and Paul McLaughlin.