Preview: Bristol City v Blues

Carla Ward was full of praise for the work of her coaching staff ahead of Sunday’s trip to Bristol City.

Blues go into the game with back-to-back victories in the cup and league and will be hopeful of making it three in-a-row heading into the international break. 

Despite receiving a lot of the praise for the job she has done since her arrival; Ward was keen to commend her coaching staff for the job they are doing.

“My name is on it but Holly has got them fitter then they have probably ever been, Chloe gets the players back fit which is important right now, Tony has got Han playing out of her skin, Reevsey is delivering what we need him to and Jen adds quality in all areas so she’s a real asset,” said Ward.

“It isn’t just down to me, the staff are unbelievable, but the players play their part, I say this all the time that we are 20% and the players are 80% of what we are doing.

“They make it a joy to come to work because we have high quality individuals that all have so much to give and all, in their own right, are exceptional at what they do.”

The work done by all of the players and staff has seen a run of three wins in five games, and Ward believed this was an important part of the journey the squad are embarking on.

She said: “Confidence and togetherness is high; they are in good spirits and I think this is just another game in the journey that we are on.

“We have to take each game now as part of that journey and what we are trying to build and keep picking away at it.

“We gave the girls an extra day off because we saw the work that they had put in over the last two weeks. 

“They came back in Wednesday recharged and fully focused on the weekend.”

Ward is aware of the importance of Sunday’s clash, but knows the game is of equal magnitude to our opponents.

She explained: “This is a game that they will look at knowing that it is important and a game that they can get three points from.

“The fact they have lost their opening three fixtures means nothing when you look at the opponents that they have had.

“They have got good players who are familiar with the league, they will be tough, and we have to up our game even more than last week to make sure we get a result.”

Ward provided an update on the injury to Emma Kelly. 

She said: “Emma Kelly is still out and not training yet. We are hoping that we can get her doing some training in the international break, but It’s a big blow for us because she’s a very good player.”