Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion v Blues

Carla Ward has set her sights on reaching the Women’s FA Cup semi-final on Sunday. 

The fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion is a follow on from the 2019/20 FA Cup competition that was postponed due to COVID-19. 

There have been big changes at the Club during that time with several new players joining Blues and Head Coach Ward now in charge.

Ward is excited to lead the side in the quarter-final and is confident that the players are more than ready for the occasion. 

“The girls are enjoying themselves at the moment and they want to get out there and play,” said Ward. “Key relationships are starting to develop and that’s important.

“The girls have been lively, the application in training has been good, we know come Sunday as soon as they step out onto the pitch, that is all that counts.

“You can do all you want on the training pitch, but it is all about turning it into results.”

Having played Brighton on the opening day of the 2020/21 campaign, losing 2-0, Ward believes is now in a better position to go and win the game.

She said: “Time is a massive healer, even just having those few weeks we look in far better shape and condition.

“The league game isn’t in our minds; this is all about getting to the semi-final.

“I think if we apply our game plan then we have every chance of making it through.”

Last time out, Claudia Walker scored her first goal for the club in a 5-2 defeat against Man United and Ward was full of praise for the striker.

She said: “Claudia is an exceptional talent and she has a lot of quality, we are seeing her grow in training each day, she is developing all the time.

“The next couple of years will really see her step up and she really wants to do the right thing. 

“She deserves these goals and they will come, I’m sure of it.”

How to follow the match

Head to the @BCFCwomen Twitter page from 2pm on Sunday to follow our live social commentary of the quarter-final tie and watch highlights on the FA Player.