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Positive mood pleases Oxtoby

City boss Tanya Oxtoby is happy with how her team have prepared for this weekend’s fixture against Birmingham City with energy levels running high in training. 

City last met the Blues in the league back in February, earning a 1-0 victory away at Solihull Moors. The victory would prove pivotal as it lifted the Robins off the foot of the table prior to the termination of the league. 

Oxtoby is wary that her former side will travel to Twerton Park full of confidence following a 1-0 away victory against Reading. The Australian knows her side are going to have to be at the top of their game to ensure they get a result.

“Birmingham have started the season really well. They like to keep cleans sheets and then hit teams on the break, we know we’re going to have to be on our game and be balanced both in and out of possession. It’s going to be evenly matched teams going at it, which is what you want. 

“I’ve said to the group that my mind is not made up on selection, I have selection headaches, which is what you want as a manager. We have great competition for places, especially across the front three as well as in midfield, and people are putting in the work to try and be selected, which is brilliant. 

“You target games throughout the season, where you know if you put in a good performance then you have a great chance to get a result, and this weekend’s game is one of them. 

“There’s no shying away from that, but it also doesn’t define our season. A win would give the group confidence in getting off the mark in the league, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform on Sunday.”

The Robins missed out on round 4 of league action after their fixture against Aston Villa was postponed, however Oxtoby is confident her side can carry the momentum over from their 4-0 Continental Cup victory against London Bees. 

“The mood in the camp has been really good and everyone is looking forward to getting back on the pitch at the weekend,” said Oxtoby.

“We were a little bit disappointed to not be able to carry on the momentum from the London Bees victory into the Aston Villa game, but everyone’s safety remains the main priority and we wish everyone at Villa well in their recovery. 

“We’ve got to try and carry over the positives from the last two games into this weekend. We’ve had a little bit time to prepare as well, so we’re in a good position ahead of the game on Sunday. 

“We’ve got some confidence from the last two games. Despite losing to Arsenal, we put in a much better performance, we were compact behind the ball and good out os possession, and then a good win the in Continental Cup keeping a clean sheet and scoring some great goals. 

“If we can put together the positive parts from the last two games then we’ll put together a performance that we’re looking for, and hopefully that will get us the three points.”

Bristol City Women take on Birmingham City in the Barclays FAWSL at Twerton Park on Sunday, October 18th (2pm) and supporters can watch the game live on the FA Player App. 


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