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‘It’s going to be a great occasion’ - Oxtoby

Tanya Oxtoby says excitement is building in the camp as Bristol City Women prepare to face Everton at Ashton Gate on the Fifth Round of the Women’s FA Cup on Monday (7:30pm).

The Robins advanced to the Fifth Round after defeating Durham 1-0 in extra-time thanks to a goal from 17-year-old striker, Katie Robinson.

“It’s going to be a great occasion, we’re really excited to play Monday night under the lights and we’re hoping to have a great crowd there. We haven’t been there since the first round of the season, so really looking forward to going back there, it’s a fantastic facility and really hope we give the crowd a good performance," said Oxtoby. 

“To get here we had to battle past Durham when the conditions really suited their style of play. When we played them at home it was really wet and muddy and it was difficult to move the ball, but I think we did it effectively and we created more than enough chances and stuck to our guns playing some really good football in the conditions.

“We would have liked to have got it done in ninety minutes but the extra-time and getting that goal is something we probably wouldn’t have done last season, we lost 2-0 to them last year so it shows we have progressed and we’re really excited to go into the next round and play Everton under lights.”

Bristol City Women last played at Ashton Gate on the opening weekend of the Barclays FAWSL season when they drew 0-0 with Brighton & Hove Albion in front of a record crowd in BS3.

“The girls are really excited about it, they love playing there. It’s a world class facility and it’s going to be a great occasion and hopefully we get a really good crowd behind us.

“I know the last time we played there we had 3,000 in and it felt like a lot more, they were quite noisy and really got behind the girls, so it’ll be another special occasion.

"Everton have done really well this season, they have a really attacking style of football, which you expect with Willie Kirk’s side.

“It’s going to be one of those games where they will have loads of space to play in and we’re going to have to think about our shape and how we set-up, and how we’re going to exploit them going the other way. They’re a good side and it should be a great game on Monday night.”