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‘Togetherness has been key’ - Baggaley

Sophie Baggaley has praised the togetherness of the Bristol City Women squad ahead of their fixture against Birmingham City Women on Sunday, October 14th (3pm).

City Women currently occupy sixth position in the Women’s Super League table after an undefeated start to the season and Baggaley believes the squad’s willingness to work hard and fight for one another is a major factor in their successful start. 

“The togetherness of the the team and the fight that we have shown on the pitch is what has pleased us most about the start to the season, we’ve all bought into the game plan and the principles that we have given and that is what has allowed us to come away with these results.”, said Baggaley. 

The undefeated start to the season saw City Women pick up a win on the opening weekend against Brighton and Hove Albion as well as a draw against both, Chelsea and Manchester City and the under-23 Lionesses says the side have taken great confidence from their performances.

“The mood in the camp is great and these results have given us confidence to go into every game with the belief that we can get a result. 

“Looking back at the start of the season, if you were to say that we would pick up results against Chelsea, Man City as well as a win against Brighton then we would have snatched that with two hands.”

 

Baggaley in action away to Brighton and Hove Albion (via JMPUK).

Baggaley - who was voted FAWSL Player of the Month for September - will line up against her former side, Birmingham City Women this weekend and the shot-stopper is wary of the challenges they will pose on Sunday. 

“Birmingham are a side that don’t concede too many goals and they’re also very good in possession”, she continued, “they move the ball very well and they have developed very well over the last couple of years so we will have to be concentrating for the whole ninety minutes.”

“In our last two performances we were very good out of possession, we were solid defensively and hard to break down, but we know we need to be better with the ball and be more clinical in front of goal.”, she added. 

Speaking to bcfc.co.uk, Baggaley also stressed the importance of the fans and how their support can lift the performance of the side. 

“We’re looking forward to seeing the fans down to the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium, their support really does give us a massive boost and we’re working hard every day to make sure we put in the performance we want to on Sunday and get the result we know we’re capable of.”