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Opportunity to finish the year on a high

Tanya Oxtoby believes Sunday’s game against West Ham will be a big test as it caps three games in seven days for her young group, but it also provides a chance to finish the calendar year on a high.

City Women can take confidence in to Sunday’s clash after a 5-2 away victory over Charlton in the FA Continental Cup on Wednesday evening, but the Robins’ boss knows a tough challenge awaits her side on Sunday.

“I thought we moved the ball really well on Wednesday. Charlton put a lot of bodies behind the ball, so we had to try and create spaces, which is a challenge that I thought we dealt with well, said Oxtoby.

“Sunday’s game is going to be totally different, West Ham like to suffocate you when you’re in your own half and there’s not going to be a load of spaces to play in to going forward. We’re going to have to try and create those spaces again and they’ll more likely appear in behind, so we’ll have to move the ball well.

“We’re really looking forward to playing at home again. It’s been a long first half of the season, so for us to finish it at home in front of our home crowd is good for the group and hopefully we can put in a performance that gives them something to cheer about.

“West Ham are a tough side, they move the ball effectively  and they can hurt you in many ways, so it’s going to be a really big challenge for our young group, but if we execute the game plan we set out and concentrate for ninety minutes that will give us a good chance to get a result from the game.

“We don’t have a large squad at the moment, especially after a couple of injuries and illness, so three games in seven days is a tough on the group and we’re going to have to really dig deep to get something out of Sunday’s game, but I know the girls have got the character to do that.”

Bristol City Women take on West Ham United on Sunday, December 15th (3pm) at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium and supporters can purchase their tickets in advance at a discounted rate.